We subscribe to the Baptist Union of Great Britain Declaration of Principle:
“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 Spirit, 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.”
What we believe in more detail:
♦ We believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who is eternal, loving, just, sovereign, trustworthy and completely good.
♦ Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was sent to earth to be God’s loving call and answer to the fallen human condition. He willingly died on the Cross as the only, once and for all means of sacrifice and forgiveness for sin. He was raised from the dead and returned to heaven from where He will return in Majesty and Power to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
♦ The Holy Spirit convicts the world of its sin and indwells and empowers the believer to live a holy life and equips them for works of service.
♦ All people are made in the image of God. Every individual is unique and significant. People are unable to live up to God's perfect standards on their own and are therefore in need of God’s help to restore the relationship with the Creator. It is only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that each person can enter into a relationship with God.
♦ The Church is made up of forgiven, believing individuals called together into the family of God with Jesus as the head. The role of the Church is to proclaim in word and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ.
♦ The Bible is divinely inspired and can be trusted implicitly. The Bible reveals Jesus Christ to us as the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice.
♦ Baptism is ideally by total immersion. Baptism happens on the basis of individual repentance and faith by believers committed to living a life of Christian discipleship.