What We Believe
The Lordship Of Christ
We affirm that ‘Jesus is Lord’. He is Lord over our individual lives, the life of the church, and the life of the whole world.
The Authority Of The Bible
The Bible is described as the ‘Word of God’ and we believe that its writers were inspired by God’s Spirit. As such, it has authority to guide both what we believe and how we live our lives.
Baptism For Believers
From the example of the New Testament, we believe that baptism is for those who believe and are able to declare that Jesus is Lord. As a symbol of Jesus’ claim on our lives, we practice baptism by immersion, representing a desire to die to self and to live for Christ.
A Believers Church
We believe that everyone that attends our church has a role to play and can use their God-given skills and talents for the good of the church and the community. These gifts include teaching, evangelism, social action, pastoral care, prayer, healing, taking part in worship, administration or hospitality.
Church Members & Church Meetings
Church members are called to prayerfully discern God’s will for their shared life. Final authority does not rest with the ministers, deacons or any other local, national or international body, but with the members meeting together under God’s guidance. Church meetings will make significant appointments including ministers, and agree with financial policy and mission.
We believe that churches should not live in isolation from one another but rather be inter-dependent. Our Baptist churches are linked regionally, nationally and internationally for support and fellowship.
Sharing The Faith
We believe that each Christian has a duty to share their faith with others. We recognise that mission is not just evangelism but also includes promoting justice, social welfare, healing, education, and peace in the world.
We encourage the acceptance of differences of outlook and diversity of practice both in our local congregation, as well as in our wider world.