THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST
THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE
Baptists Affirm That 'Jesus Is Lord'. He is Lord over our individual lives, the life of each church, and the life of the whole world.
The Bible is described as the 'Word of God' because Baptists 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.
From the example of the New Testament, Baptists claim that baptism is for those who believe and are 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.
A BELIEVERS CHURCH
understand the church as a community of believers gathered in the
name of Jesus Christ for worship, witness and service. There is no
set Baptist liturgy. Each local church and community is free to
determine its own pattern, though prayer
and praise, listening to and reflecting on scripture, and sharing
Holy Communion will always be central.