What we believe

This is a summary of important aspects of our Christian faith

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Central to the Church of Scotland is our love and worship of God through following the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We express our love for God by our love and practical care for each other and for those we live with and encounter in our daily lives.

We believe the traditional teachings of Christianity, as revealed in the Bible. These include:

There is only one God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is in control. He created the world, has shown us what he is like, has a plan to save us, and will one day judge everyone

We believe the Word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the supreme rule of faith and life

Everyone does wrong things; it’s part of our nature. That means that everyone is in serious trouble with God. We can be forgiven and freed from the guilt, punishment and power of the wrong things we do, but only because of Jesus’ death. Jesus was being punished instead of us, so our wrong has been completely dealt with.

We do not deserve God’s forgiveness.  But not only does God forgive us for everything, he also looks on us as being perfect, just as Jesus was perfect. All this is obtained only by faith.

God does this through the Holy Spirit acting in people’s lives, turning them away from wrong and towards God, and giving them faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in Christians, changing them so that they live more like Jesus, enabling them to live for Jesus in this world.

The Church is not a building or an organisation, but is made up of all true Christians throughout the world. Jesus is present in the world today through the Church.

Jesus will one day return. He will judge everyone and welcome those who have put their trust in Him into everlasting glory.