what does it 

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Baptists believe that Jesus Christ, being

eternally God,only begotten Son and the

visible expression of the invisible God, effectively

procured salvation for all creation through his

death, burial and resurrection. He is the one

assigned by God the Father to rule with

authority over all of creation. Every area of the

believer’s life and the life of the church

is to be subject to the Lord.

Baptists believe that God communicates his will

through the inspired Word of God. For Baptists,

the Bible is the final authority in matters of

faith and practice. It is to be interpreted

responsibly under the guidance of God’s

Holy Spirit within

the community of faith.

the word of god is the authoritative rule of faith and practice
the priesthood
of all believers

The Bible affirms the value of each person

as having been created in the image of God,

and also declares each person morally responsible

for his/ her own nature and behaviour.

Baptists believe that inherent in the worth of

each person is also the right and competency of

each individual personally to deal directly with

God through Jesus Christ. This principle

also suggests our responsibility to serve other

believers in intercession and nurture: we are

priests to each other. Baptists believe that

no group or individual has any right to compel

others— forcefully or politically—to

believe or worship as they do. Rather,

Baptists have historically been

champions of religious liberty.


a believers' church

Baptists believe that Jesus Christ chooses to form

his church by bringing together believers

for the purpose of worship, witness, fellowship

and ministry (both spiritual and social).

Baptists recognize the church universal as all

who truly profess faith in Jesus Christ as

Lord and Saviour. They also profess their

understanding of the church as being visibly

expressed in local congregations. Each local church

must thus be made up of believers who,

upon their profession of faith and their baptism

(almost always by immersion), are incorporated

into the local church through the activity of

the Holy Spirit. Baptists believe that

Believers’ Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the

two ordinances required by the

New Testament and are to be

administered by the local church.

mission and evangelism

We have a story to tell that is mandated by our 

Lord in the Great Commission of

Matthew 28:19- 20.

Our calling is to share God’s message of love and

salvation with each person. Each

Christian has a duty to share their faith with

others. Baptists continue to be very active

in mission efforts, both in local and global

contexts. We recognize that mission is not just

evangelism, but also includes promoting

justice, social welfare, healing, education

and peace in the world. It is a holistic approach

that expresses care for both the needs

of the human soul and the social

needs that affect all of life.

Government in a local church is controlled

by the principles of the priesthood

of all believers, the Lordship of Christ,

the authority of the Scriptures and the guidance

and power of the Holy Spirit. Christ, present

in the lives of congregational members, leads

them corporately to discoverand obey his mind

and will. Such ‘congregational government’ calls

for and expresses the equality and responsibility

of believers under the Lordship of Christ.

Baptist churches also recognize the need

to temper the exercise of their autonomy in order

to ‘associate’ by linking regionally, nationally

and internationally for

ministry, mission, support and fellowship.

church autonomy and association

Emerging from our convictions about the

priesthood of all believers, we affirm

that in Jesus Christ all people are equal.

Each one is free to be in relationship with

God and to express a faith that is not coerced.

Faith cannot be predetermined by someone else,

but is the right of and responsibility of each

individual as they seek a relationship with God

based on their own personal commitments.

A further extension of the principle of the

Lordship of Christ and the priesthood of believers

is to be found in the Baptist conviction that

there must exist a separation between the

church and civil governments.  

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