About Us » Our Beliefs
The Lordship of Christ
We affirm that 'Jesus is Lord'. He is Lord over our individual lives, the life of each church, and the life of the whole world.
Baptism for Believers
From the example of the New Testament, we claim that baptism is for those who believe and able to declare that Jesus is Lord. As a symbol of Jesus' claim on our lives, baptism by immersion is practised, representing a desire to die to self and to live for Christ.
The authority of the Bible
The Bible is described as the 'Word of God' and we believe that its writers were inspired by God's Spirit. As such, it has authority to guide both what we believe and how we live our lives.
A Believers Church
We understand the church as a community of believers gathered in the name of Jesus Christ for worship, witness and service. There is no set liturgy. Each local Baptist church and community is free to determine its own pattern, though prayer and praise, listening and reflecting on scripture, and sharing Holy Communion will always be central.
The priesthood of all believers
We believe that everyone that 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 the community. These gifts include teaching, evangelism, social action, pastoral care, prayer, healing, taking part in worship, administration or hospitality but is not limited to them.
Church members and church meetings
When a person is baptised, they normally become a church member. Church members are called to prayerfully discern God's will for their shared life. Final authority does not rest with the ministers, elders, deacons or any other denominational body, but with the members meeting together under God's guidance. Church meetings will make significant appointments including ministers, and agree financial policy and mission.
We believe that churches should not live in isolation from one another but rather be inter-dependent. Our Baptist churches are linked regionally, nationally and internationally for support and fellowship. We also prioritise our partnership with other Christian churches on Canford Heath, and with St Paul's Church in particular (with whom we share a building).
Sharing the faith
We 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.
Religious freedom for all has always been a keystone of Baptist understanding. Acceptance of differences of outlook and diversity of practice is encouraged within Baptist churches, as well as in our wider world.