Doctrinal Basis

The Doctrinal Basis is a statement of faith drawn up by UCCF that we adhere to, alongside other Christian Unions across the UK. It is very helpful in establishing common ground for students from a wide range of different churches and denominations to come together, enabling us all to encourage and support each other in our mission to give every student in St Andrews the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. Committee members are asked to sign the Doctrinal Basis when they take up their roles, and we refer to it as a way of ensuring we’re all on the same page. For more information about why there is a Doctrinal Basis, visit the UCCF page here. If you have any questions about the DB, please feel free to ask the committee or Emily Brown, our staff worker – we’re always happy to chat!

The Doctrinal Basis is as follows:

The basis of the Fellowship shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in Holy Scripture, including:

  • There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  • The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour.
  • Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.
  • Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God.
  • Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.
  • The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.
  • The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.
  • The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.