What we Believe

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We believe in God!

We believe God lovingly and graciously calls us to live with Him and for Him.
We believe it is therefore vital to enjoy living out our Christian faith as effectively as possible, caring for one another and bringing The Good News about Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him.

As part of The Church of Scotland our beliefs are articulated fully in the denomination’s constitution called “The Articles Declaratory” and “The Westminster Confession of Faith”.

At Maxwell Mearns Castle Church we consider it vital for us to be consistent with the historical beliefs of the Christian Church throughout the world and throughout the ages. We are a contemporary and local part of this universal church.

Here is a good summary of what we believe at Maxwell Mearns Castle Church. 
We believe in…

  • The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  • The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  • The sinlessness holiness of the incarnate Jesus Christ (Christ’s righteousness) which is credited by God to all who unite with Christ in repentant faith.
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  • The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  • The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  • The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  • The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.


This is an expanded version of beliefs highlighted at Evangelical Alliance basis of faith page