Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bucklands Beach

228 Bucklands Beach Road   |   PO Box 39275 Howick   |   (09) 534-8353    

OUR BelIEfs

The Gospel is good news! The Bible tells us that it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). It is God’s way of making us right with him, so that we can live the life he created us to live. It is God’s answer to our guilt and sin.

As Christians we believe that there is a God who made the world. We also believe that humankind has rebelled against God, and is under his curse (Ephesians 2:1). Instead of leaving us in rebellion, God sent his only son Jesus to reconcile us to him by his death on the cross and his resurrection. In Christ's death, we are made right with God, and in his resurrection we have the hope of our own resurrection to eternal life beyond death! This is the good news of the Bible.

THE GOSPEL

We believe in the Bible as the complete and only written Word of God. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit never speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible. No personal spiritual experience can ever substitute for the Scriptures.

We don't hold any one bible translation as being superior, but for practical purposes, we use the ESV (English Standard Version) for our worship services.

THE BIBLE

 

While we believe the Bible as the complete word of God, we also uphold several creeds and confessions that have stood the test of time as reliable, useful, comprehensive summaries of what the bible teaches. You can find these in the links below.

CREEDS &

CONFESSIONS

The word 'reform' means to change or transform. We are 'reformed' in theology, in that many of our beliefs, creeds and practices originated with the transformation of the Roman Catholic Church that started in the 16th century, known as the Reformation. This was carried out through the protest of many brave and faithful men, known as the Protestants.

Reformed theology opposed the false teachings and corruption of the Roman Catholic Church at that time by promoting personal faith and knowledge of God and his word. For the first time in centuries, scriptures were translated into the languages of the common people, and the true gospel was preached and understood again.

Our reformed theology is a heritage passed down over many centuries, emphasising the truth of the bible in defiance of human corruption, and empowering the individual to find true understanding, faith, and salvation through becoming a child of God by the work of his spirit.

Reformed Theology