At Medway we believe:
- There is One God in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- That the whole Bible is God’s infallible revelation to man
- In Jesus Christ’s:
- Virgin birth
- Sinless humanity
- Substitutionary death
- Bodily resurrection
- Ascension to heaven
- Salvation is by faith in Christ alone, without works and that it is by His grace
- The resurrection of the body: eternal glory for believers in heaven and everlasting punishment for unbelievers in hell
- There is one true church, consisting of all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ
- In the obedience to our Lord’s command to lead people of all nations to faith in Christ and to grow in the likeness to the Lord Jesus Christ
- In the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His people
We believe that through the Bible God has revealed what we need to know about Him and His purposes for us. He has revealed Himself as loving, good, holy, perfect, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present, sovereign, just, forgiving and merciful. He has also revealed Himself as triune, that is, the one God exists in three persons in mysterious relationship with each other: Father, Son, and Spirit.
God created the universe, and called it good. He created human beings for loving relationship with Him, to bear His image in this world as male and female together, to freely choose how we shall live, and to be stewards of His creation. We note that our relationship with Him is not as it was intended. We have not chosen to love God or our neighbours as we should and we have rather chosen to go our own way. We recognize this condition as sin.
The good news is that God has not left us on our own. He chose Abraham and Sarah to found a nation through which blessing would come to all nations. He further revealed His love, wisdom, and desire for us through the Scriptures, and ultimately in His only Son, Jesus Christ. He became human, taught and modelled how we should live, He did not sin, voluntarily died on the cross for us and rose again so that all who believe in Him might be forgiven and healed, restored to a right relationship with God, and saved from being eternally separated from Him.
Jesus ascended to heaven and until His return He has left His Spirit to give new spiritual life to His followers, as well as guide and help them to love and obey Him.
In response to the commands of Jesus,
1) We practice baptism as a symbol of our death to the old way of life and participation in the gift of His new life;
2) We remember Him in the sharing of bread and cup each week; and
3) We play our part in sharing His good news with the world.
Based on His promise, we live with the hope that Jesus Christ will return as Lord, judge of all, and creator of a new heaven and new earth. Then He will perfect His own that we may enjoy, be with, worship, and serve God forever.
The Fingerprint of God (A collection of poems by Noreen Holmes)
Noreen Holmes is a South African, now living as a retired missionary in Cape Town. Her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1954, at the age of 15.
After qualifying as a general nurse and midwife, she studied at the Bible Institute of South Africa where she met her husband, Justin Neville Holmes.
They served as missionaries in the Middle East, mainly Lebanon. In Beirut they adopted 2 babies - their daughter, Jeanette, now married to David, and their son, Paul, now married to Betsy. They have 4 grandchildren: Josh, Abby, Reece and Nora.
Most of the poems in this book were written sometime after their "retirement" in 2003.
The Fingerprint of God (12 MB)
JACOB HAVE I LOVED: Short Messages on the life Of Jacob (by Neville Holmes)
What authority do I have to write a book containing short messages on the life of Jacob?
I was called by God to serve Him in the lands of the Bible and after six years of study I arrived with my wife in those lands. We spent our first year in the land of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where we studied Arabic at the George Kelsie school of Arabic to help those called by God to serve in the Arab world. We were taught verses and songs in Arabic.
This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. "How can I be saved?" deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16 verse 30) Paul and Silas responded, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16 verse 31).