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What We Believe
Building authentic, courageous, generous Christian community. This is our Vision and the basis of our fundamental beliefs.
Our Statement of Faith states:
We believe in:
The divine and full inspiration and authority of the Holy Scripture as the supreme and sufficient rule of faith and practice, and the duty of the believer to engage with the Word of God
The unity of the one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
The fall and sinful state of men and women, who without Christ incur divine wrath and judgement
The sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil
The bodily resurrection of Christ, his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world
The justification of the sinner by faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ; a faith that works by love and produces holiness
The work of the Holy Spirit, who leads us to Christ, unites us with Christ through new birth, makes us holy, brings spiritual revelation, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness
The personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ according to his promise to fulfil the purposes of God
The baptism of believers by immersion, although not essential to Salvation, is an act of obedience to the Lord’s will and required for completeness of discipleship
As such baptism is not regarded as a condition of membership, however it is a matter upon which each person should prayerfully consult the baptismal teaching in Scripture and be fully persuaded in his or her own mind before the Lord
We are affiliated to the Baptist Union whose Declaration of Principle is:
We believe that:
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws
Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'
It is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world
What do Baptists believe?
Baptist churches are found in almost every country in the world. As part of the world-wide Christian church, Baptists form one of the largest families of faith, alongside other trinitarian Christian traditions such as Anglicans, Methodists, Reformed, etc.
For Baptists the concept of a family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world.