As a Baptist Church, we are members of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and subscribe to their Declaration of Principle. The Basis of the Baptist Union is:
- “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.
- That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost, 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 on the third day’.
- That 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.”
The Salvation Message
As human beings we are all prone to doing, saying and thinking wrong things. These bad habits damage us and other people, and they form a barrier between us and perfect God. There’s nothing we can do to make ourselves acceptable to God: no amount of good deeds, charity work, financial generosity or acts of kindness can earn us His favour. This universal human problem is called ‘sin’ – it is an unpopular word these days! The Bible says that the payment we receive for sin is death.
Because God is holy He cannot co-exist with sin, and because he is just, He cannot ignore wrong-doing, but because He is loving and kind, He has freely chosen to do something to about it: ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16, The Bible).
The Bible teaches that Jesus is fully God and fully man – God’s Son who came to live among us in human form. He taught us about God, gave us an example of how to live and although He never did anything wrong, willingly died on the cross to deal with sin: ‘He bore in his body the full penalty for [our] sin.’ That means that if we believe in Him – His life, death and resurrection, and if we ask for his forgiveness God promises to accept us as children and prepare a heavenly home for us when we die.
We believe that the most important decision we will ever make is our response to Jesus Christ. To those who ask, He also gives the Holy Spirit to come and live within us to give us assurance of what we believe and equip us to serve God in every circumstance of life.