What we believe
What is Christianity?
The message at the heart of Christianity is pretty simple. On this three-minute video, find out what it’s all about.
Who is Jesus?
He’s the Christ
The King who God himself had promised to send, who would put everything right by setting up a kingdom of justice and love. He’s also the Son of God. God himself, entering the world as a human being. Jesus proved who he was by what he did. He healed people. He calmed storms. He raised the dead.
By doing these things, the King was giving a glimpse of life in his kingdom. A perfect place, with no suffering, fear or death. It’s the world we all want.
Why did Jesus come?
To be rejected
But many people rejected Jesus. They thought they’d be happier making their own rules and living outside his kingdom. This rejection of the King is something we all do. Jesus called it sin.
It damages our lives and will eventually leave us separated from the joy of being in the kingdom.
God won’t let those who reject the King live with him. So we face what Jesus called hell. An existence without anything good, forever.
Why did Jesus come?
To be killed
People rejected the King so violently that they killed him by nailing him to a cross.
But his death wasn’t a mistake by God, it was a masterstoke.
On the cross Jesus was cut off from God’s friendship and goodness. He chose to experience hell so we don’t have to. The sinless King died to take the punishment sin deserves.
Jesus was opening the way into his Kingdom.
Why did Jesus come?
To rise again
Three days after his execution, his tomb was found to be empty. Over the next few weeks many ate with Jesus. Dozens spoke with him. Hundreds saw him. Jesus the King could not be contained by death.
He had risen!
What does it mean for us?
So, today, right now, Jesus is inviting people to come into his kingdom. He tells us to repent and believe the good news.
Repent means to turn around, to live with Jesus in charge instead of ourselves. Believe means to trust that Jesus has done everything we need to give us a place in his kingdom.
Living with Jesus as King isn’t easy. His followers will be rejected, just as he was. But they also live a life of deep security, satisfaction, and joy, knowing God and his forgiveness, being helped by his Spirit, and looking forward to the King’s return, when he will finally establish his loving kingdom forever.
Jesus offers all this to anyone and everyone who repents and believes.
How about you?
What sort of church are we?
A Christian church
Grace Church Dulwich is a mainstream Christian church, teaching what the vast majority of Christians throughout the world have believed for centuries. That is we believe in one God who has revealed Himself supremely in His Son, Jesus Christ. We can know God as our Father by placing our trust in Christ’s death on the cross which is the only way we can be reconciled to God. The work of God the Holy Spirit is to draw people to faith in Christ, giving us new birth, and new spiritual life as He makes us more like Christ.
An Evangelical church
We believe that the Bible is the word of God and is our final authority in all matters of faith and life. We believe that the study and exposition of God's word will be the means by which God will transform the lives of individuals and the church as a whole.
To that end, clear and relevant Bible teaching is at the heart of all our main metings and we seek to listen to and obey God's word, applying it to every part of life. We look to build networks and friendships with other churches who share our convictions about the Bible and about the gospel.
An Anglican church
As a Church of England church we are part of the worldwide Anglican church. Our beliefs are set out in the Bible, the Creeds and the Book of Common Prayer. We are not a parish church and have a Bishop’s Mission Order which enables new churches across the country to be planted and flourish. Because we believe in the distinctive Biblical roles of men and women, we receive extended oversight from the Bishop of Maidstone. Please contact us if you would like to discuss our Christian convictions.
A church planting church
We believe that planting new congregations is the Biblical and most effective way to reach people with the message of Jesus today.
In April 2012 our first church plant was established in Brockley and in May 2015 we were able to plant in Sydenham. Our aim is that each plant should be independent but work in gospel partnership together.