We ascribe to the 1966 Baptist Affirmation of Faith. That is quite a long document and so we have tried to summarise some of our fundamental beliefs below.
1.) About the Bible
We believe that the bible, both the old and new testament scriptures, are the true Word of God, written by humans under guidance and inspiration from the Holy Spirit.
It is the ultimate truth in what we believe,
It is the sole authority in matters of faith, belief, conduct, practice and discipline.
The Bible teaches us:
2.) About God
We believe in one true God who has always existed. It is He who created and rules the heavens and the earth. We believe that He exists as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are equal, and one.
3.) About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son who became human. We believe in the virgin birth, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit to the virgin Mary and that He lived a pure and sinless life. In fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies, He was sentenced to death on a cross as a substitute for all our sins. He died, but then rose from death, thereby demonstrating His power over death and sin. He ascended into heaven where He lives at the right hand of God, the Father. We believe He will one day return to this earth again in glory.
4.) About the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son. He exists to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ in our lives and lives inside us from our moment of salvation providing us with the power, strength and understanding to live our lives worthy of children of God.
5.) Becoming a Christian – Salvation
We believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection were a punishment for our sins and we accept this salvation by placing our trust in Him as Saviour and committing to follow him as Lord. It is only through this belief and acceptance that we can enter the kingdom of heaven and it cannot be received purely by good deeds and actions.
6.) Living as a Christian
We believe that after the acceptance of salvation, baptism is the next step for any Christian, It is a symbolic public gesture of the acceptance of Jesus Christ into our lives as commanded by Jesus himself to all his followers after He himself was baptised. We practice baptism by full immersion, thereby symbolising the death of our old lives in sin and our new lives reborn at one with Christ.
Being baptised does not make you a Christian but it is the way to show that you have been saved
ii) The Christian Life
We believe that being a Christian means to try and live with Jesus Christ as your Lord. This means that a Christian will show their salvation as they learn from the Bible and try and put it into practice. This is a lifelong task which can only be pursued with the help of the Holy Spirit and through a local church
iii) Communion (or the Lord’s Supper)
We believe that remembering Jesus’ death in our place is vital for our ongoing growth as Christians. This is achieved in various ways and the Communion service is a key command of Jesus to help us in this.
Taking Communion does not make you a Christian, but when a Christian is serious about living in obedience to Jesus, the communion service is a great reminder of what the Christian has received and a source of strength for the ongoing Christian life
7) The next life
We believe that the world as it is now will not continue forever. One day Jesus will return to judge this world and after that, creation will be made new.
Those who have rejected God’s rule in their lives and refused his salvation in this life will be sent to Hell.
Those who have accepted Jesus provision of salvation in this life will then spend a completely fulfilled eternity in what the Bible describes as the new heaven and the new earth.