What Do We Believe?
We believe in one God, creator of the world and of humankind, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah and Saviour of the world. Through him the liberating kingdom of God has entered into the world. He atoned for sin through the sacrifice of the cross, was raised from death and ascended into heaven. He will return in the fullness of time.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth about Christ and glorifies him. He awakens people to their sin and imparts spiritual life to them in conversion and new birth. The Spirit indwells and empowers the church and imparts to all gifts for God’s service.
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God, that it bears unique witness to Christ and is therefore the final authority on all aspects of Christian belief and behaviour, reliable and sufficient in all that it affirms. All continuing words of preaching and prophecy and the exercise of spiritual gifts are subject to this revelation.
We believe that human beings are created in the image of God but through sin become guilty and so stand in need of redemption through the substitutionary atonement of Christ.
We believe in the love of God for the whole of his creation. He seeks the salvation of all and realises it in those who respond to him in repentance and faith. All believers are called to follow Christ and his disciples, to become like him and to give themselves to his service.
We believe in the Church as the people of God, the body of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is comprised of all who are born of the Spirit and is called to share in the mission of Christ. Its role is to glorify God and serve his purposes in the world as the primary agent of the kingdom of God. Open to all, as a Baptist Church we practise the government of the church through the church meeting. The Church’s recognised pastors are called to enable the Church to reach its full potential.
We believe in the final triumph of Christ over evil and injustice. He will return to complete the purposes of God and to judge the living and the dead. He will gather those who belong to him into the new heaven and the new earth but those who resist him will be eternally lost.
BAPTISM: One of the distinctives of Baptist Churches is our belief in, and the practice of, ‘believer’s baptism’ by total immersion – a special public commitment made by someone who has come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. It is an outward demonstration of an inward experience: a picture of being buried and raised to new life, like Jesus, and a time of spiritual renewal. Although the majority of the Church members at ABC have been baptised, we practise a system of membership which is open to all who profess repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, but whose Christian commitment has previously been expressed in a different part of the Church.