What do Baptists believe?

Baptists believe that 'Jesus is Lord'.  He is the Lord over our lives as individuals, over the life of our church and over the life of the whole world.

Baptists believe that the Bible has authority over our lives.  This is because we believe that its writers were inspired by God's Spirit and therefore it is the Word of God.  Therefore it has authority to guide what we believe and how we live our lives.

Bapists follow the example of the New Testament and 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 baptise by full immersian which representd a desire to die to our selves and to live for Christ.

Baptists believe that our church is a priesthood of all believers - that we are all equal in the eyes of God.  Therefore everyone who attends a Baptist Church has a role to play and can use their God-given skills and talents for the good of the church and community.  These gifts may include teaching, evangelism, social action, pastoral care, prayer, healing, taking part in worship, administration or hospitality.

Baptists believe that the church is a community of believers gathered in the name of Jesus for worship and service.  There is no set Baptist liturgy.  Like every local Baptist church and community, we are free to determine our own pattern.  However, prayer and praise, listening to and reflecting on scripture, and sharing Holy Communion are always central to our worship and service.

Baptists 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.

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