Rutland Street Church – Christchurch

5 Gosset St, St Albans, Christchurch

+643 355 4101
Rutland Street Church – Christchurch

What We Believe and Teach

A summary of our fundamental beliefs

There is only one God eternally existing in three persons, Father–Son–Holy Spirit

In 2 Corinthians 13:14 we read: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”

The Bible is the inspired ‘Word of God’ and as such is infallible and the final authority for all beliefs and practices

In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul writes: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”

The deity, incarnation, virgin birth and sinlessness of the Lord Jesus

Matthew 1:23 quoting Isaiah 7:14: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel” — which means, “God with us”

That Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose again and is now exalted at the right hand of God in heaven

1 Corinthians 15:3-4: “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”

That the Lord Jesus is coming back again for His church and then to reign on the earth

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17: “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever”

That the Holy Spirit indwells and seals all believers at conversion, baptising them into the body of Christ which is His church.

Ephesians 1:13-14: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory”

That the gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed according to His sovereign will and are for the strengthening and building up of His people

1 Corinthians 12:7-11: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines”

That everyone is a sinner before God and that salvation is the gift of God through His grace and received by personal faith in Christ

Ephesians 2:1-9: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast”

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