What we believe
Our beliefs come from the Bible, which we accept to be God’s written Word, inspired, inerrant and authoritative. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Scripture tells us:
- human beings are in a fallen state of sin, and deserving of God’s just retribution: condemnation to eternal punishment. (Romans 3:23, 1:18)
- Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God died on the cross and rose again, so defeating sin and death. Anyone who confesses their sin and trusts in Christ, is saved from final judgement and receives the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16)
- God’s Holy Spirit draws people to Christ and gives them saving faith to believe in Christ. He strengthens and enables believers to live in obedience to God (Romans 8:5-11)
- The church is the Body of Christ, made up of saved sinners, throughout the world and the ages. In the church we commit to love one another and to encourage one another to grow in our love for the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 12:9-21).
- The Lord Jesus commanded his church to offer to everyone outside the church the good news of forgiveness through faith in him (Romans 1:16, Matthew 28:19), until Jesus comes again to judge all humanity, bring the new creation, and establish the Kingdom of God.
Our two congregations belong to the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI).
While the Scriptures, as the Word of God, are our sole rule for faith and practice, as congregations of PCI, we hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). We believe the WCF is a good summary of what the Bible teaches.
In a Presbyterian church elders are appointed to lead and care for our members, like shepherds caring for their flock. Authority is not in the hands of one individual.
Our elders are accountable to the wider church. PCI congregations are under the authority of a Presbytery, which is a group of local congregations. (Ours is the Presbytery of Dublin and Munster.) Presbyteries are themselves accountable to the General Assembly.
What is the difference between presbyterians and roman catholics?
You could say it comes down to authority. In Reformed churches Scripture alone governs what we believe and what the church does. By contrast, in Roman Catholicism the teaching and traditions of the church carry an authority that is equal to the Bible.
This means there are real differences between us in several areas. For instance, in the fundamental matter of salvation, Roman Catholicism teaches we contribute something by our good works. But God tells us in the Bible that we do not deserve and cannot earn his favour; we are saved by God’s grace alone. We receive salvation as a gift by faith.
Certain other practises and doctrines found in Roman Catholicism have no basis in the Bible, and therefore detract from and obscure the finished work of Christ. While these differences are serious enough to rule out worshipping together, we value dialogue with our Roman Catholic friends and neighbours, and desire to serve them in Christ’s name.
WHY DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Just like someone who breaks the law of the land and receives a fine so too is the result of breaking God's Law. However far more serious due to God's perfect nature. Sin is the breaking of God's law and results in eternal punishment. Jesus came to earth to die on the cross paying the eternal fine of His people. He can make the perfect payment because He is eternal being both God and man.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION?
Jesus calls all to follow Him. This means Christians are to pick up their cross, follow Jesus' example, die and rise with Him. The Ressurection demonstrates God's power over death, the acceptance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and the future hope of all true Christians.
SHOULD I TAKE PART IN THE LORD'S SUPPER?
If you are certain that you are a Christian, born again and have a desire to love God and your neighbours we would welcome you to take part. However, if you are uncertain or not a Christian we would ask that you would suspend your participation in this portion of our Worship service.
IS THERE A CHARGE TO ATTEND a sunday service?
No. An opportunity is presented during our service to give if individuals wish to.