What we believe
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died to take the punishment for our wrong actions, our sin, and who was raised from death, defeating sin for all time.
The Bible says that God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but shall have eternal life. (John chapter 3 verse 16)
As a church we practice Believer's Baptism, that is baptism by full immersion in water as part of a public declaration of repentance and a desire to follow Jesus Christ. It signifies the end of our old life and of being born again to new life in Christ. It speaks of repentance and cleansing, of being united with Christ in his death and resurrection, and of witnessing to the call of God upon our lives.
As the Apostle Paul says, 'We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.' (Romans 6:3,4)
Our new life as Baptist Christians is one in which we look to grow spiritually through studying the Bible, worshipping, praying and living out our personal commitment in daily life. At Belper Baptist Church, we want to serve God's purposes, so we are always open to change and we look to develop life-enhancing relationships to help us to serve God well together with those around us of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds and with all sorts of life experience.
As a Baptist Church that is part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain we uphold the declaration of principle of the Baptist Union, which is:
1. That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
2. That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'.
3. That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.
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