Our Beliefs as a Christian Church
As you wander round the town, or browse the Internet, you will quickly see that there are many varieties of Christian church. The different denominations were formed in response to particular issues in society at a given time. Generally speaking, Christians respect each other’s different views but still hold on to what makes their churches distinctive.
All mainstream Christian churches hold to a central core of belief. One good summary of this is the Apostle's Creed, which was set out hundreds of years ago as a kind of shorthand statement of faith. It covers the doctrine of God and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Apostles' Creed (Modern English Version from the Book of Common Prayer)
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Baptists put a strong emphasis on personal commitment to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour; this is marked by the baptism of believers, usually by full immersion. Our churches have the freedom to govern ourselves on a local basis, and the gathering of the church members is the place where decisions are made. We support ourselves financially through the giving of those who attend the church. Part of what we receive is given away to support those in need and the work done by a number of worthy causes. If you would like to know more, just ask.
We do believe it is important that our lives reflect the things we say we believe. Therefore we seek to serve and help others in the local community, and get involved with wider issues in the UK and overseas. Being a Christian is not just about private belief, but a lifetime of being changed and improved by the love of God.
The Bible is the written record of God's revelation through history. Obeying its teaching is important, and we encourage everybody to read and learn about God and his ways. Within our church are people who have been Christians for many years and others who are just beginning the exploration of God's love. All are welcome here.
Matthew 11:28-30 (Message)
Jesus said: "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."