Parish of North West Lochaber

Church of Scotland


What we believe ...

The Church of Scotland, or the Kirk as it is known in Scotland, is part of the universal or catholic worldwide Church.  


It is a Trinitarian Church; i.e. it sees God as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: three aspects of the one God.


It believes in God as Father and Creator, 'in whom are all things'.


It believes that Jesus was (and is) His eternal Son, who was made man for our Salvation'.  

In other words Jesus was not just a very good man who taught the right things.  He was, and is, someone and something utterly special, He is God's only son.


It believes that He whom died and rose again, is Head of the Church; the only Head of the Church.


And it believes that Christians are also promised renewal and guidance from and through the Holy Spirit.


The Church of Scotland is protestant in character and affirms the Bible as its 'supreme rule' of faith and life.


In the Articles declaratory of the Church of Scotland in matters spiritual it states that - "As a national Church representative of the Christian faith of the Scottish people it acknowledges its distinctive call and duty to bring the ordinances of religion to the people in every parish of Scotland through a territorial ministry."


As a Church we believe that Christ localises His body through the local Church. The local Church is Christ's vessel to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ: His birth, His life, His death, His resurrection, His ascension and His coming again.


The Christian faith is expressed best not through a statement of faith but the reflection of Christ shining out through those who know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour as they try with God's help to be Christ's Salt and Light.  James sums this up when he says in chapter 2 when James says,


""What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes or daily food.  If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. "

(Scripture taken from the New International Version of the Bible)