What we believe

If you’re new to Gateshead Presbyterian Church, this is the place to find out more about what we believe, and why we do things the way we do.
 

Our beliefs

The Bible

The Bible is the basis of all our beliefs. It’s the inspired Word of God, and it’s the grid through which we view everything else. Through the Bible we can know the truth about God and how we should live and worship him.

Jesus Christ

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, existing in perfect unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and that faith in him is the only thing that can save us. We want everyone to know Jesus Christ as he really is, so that by knowing him we might love him, and loving him, enter into his joy forever.

The Westminster Confession of Faith

Our theology is summarised by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Unlike the Bible, its authors were human, but we believe it’s an accurate summary of biblical teaching.

 

Our priorities

Our church is shaped by our priorities of love and faithfulness towards God. Here’s why:

What the Bible says

The Bible tells us what love is. God says that love is faithfulness to him in what we believe, and what we do.

This is made clear in the Old Testament: ‘I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his judgements’ (Deuteronomy 30:16).

And in the New Testament, Jesus says: ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ (John 14:15).

Our love for Jesus will be shown by our willingness to do what he says.

Christ’s priorities for the church

Jesus cares most of all about whether our church loves him and is faithful to his Word. We see this in Revelation chapters 2-3.

Jesus highlighted some characteristics by which true churches can be known. The overarching one is love (John 13:35). This will be seen in loving attitudes and holy affection for one another (Rom 16:16), telling the truth (Eph 4:5), and practical care (James 2:14-17).

The true church will also proclaim Christ by the faithful preaching of the Word, and the right administration of the sacraments (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). Finally, much like a loving family that upholds right boundaries, there is church discipline.