What we Believe

We are a mainstream Christian church believing and practising many of the same things you will find in other Christian groups around the city. Baptist is really an historic nickname, given to us because of our understanding of the Bible’s teaching about Baptism as being by total immersion for believers who have reached an age where they can decide for themselves to follow Jesus.


Some of the words people use about us are ‘evangelical’, ‘gently charismatic’, ‘holding to contemporary and traditional forms of church’ and ‘Bible believing’. We are members of the Evangelical Alliance.

Putting it simply and briefly is not easy, but like all true Christian churches we believe that there is one God who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus the Son is the head of the church, and the Bible is the best way to find out about him. We believe he died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead on the third day. Everyone needs to experience Jesus for themselves in order to know God and be sure of going to heaven (to be saved). The Holy Spirit is given to enable us to be Jesus’ faithful and effective followers.
 

Every genuine follower of Jesus Christ becomes a part of his Church across the world. The Bible shows us that believers also belonged to local churches. Christians who make South Parade their home express this through a formal commitment to church membership and through this are able to take a more active involvement in shaping the church’s life and witness. Though you don’t have to be a member to belong among us, we encourage those who are committed to us to take this step of membership. 


At the church we believe in:
 
  • The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  • The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  • The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  • The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  • The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  • The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
 

This text was taken from the Evangelical Alliance basis of faith page