We are, by history and current conviction, an ‘Open and Particular Baptist Church’. In brief, this means that we do not restrict participation at the Lord’s Table to members of our church only, and that we hold to the ‘Doctrines of Grace’, including ‘Particular Redemption’ which is where the expression comes from.
The following statements are our ‘official’ (yet brief) basis of faith:
We believe in
- The divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
- The fall of man and his recovery by the free and sovereign grace of God
- Man’s redemption by Jesus Christ alone and justification by faith in Him
- The sacred scriptures as the rule of conduct
- The inseparable connection of holiness of the life with the pardon of sin
- The personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory
- The unity of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the sovereignty of God in creation, providence and redemption
- The ordinance of Believer’s Baptism by immersion as instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ
- The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper as instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ
The first five statements are taken from the Title Deeds of 1834
A fuller expression of what is taught in the church is to be found in the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1677 (usually known as the 1689 confession). You can read the confession here. We do not believe that any man-made confession is perfect, but this document is in most ways an excellent summary of what we believe. Our final authority is always God’s Word, the Bible.
If you want to know more about the history of the church, click HERE.