We are.. take a deep breath while we let you know where we came from and where we’re going.
A relatively new church plant – partnership between Selkirk Baptist and New Frontiers sphere: Relational Mission. This means our leadership team are accountable for how we lead the church to a wider network both locally and nationally.
Jesus Centred we believe God the Father has established Jesus as the Head of the church. He is the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Senior Pastor and Teacher in the worldwide church which we are part of. All our life and growth comes from our union with Him. Through Jesus, God builds His church.
Believers in the Divine Sovereignty of God in creation, providence and redemption. That God is the perfect, Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That Jesus Christ was God made man; His virgin birth, the authority of His teaching and His work of atonement for everyone by His death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His present priestly intercession for His people and His future return to earth.
The reality of original sin in consequence of the fall and our necessity of regeneration.
We are called to worship Him with our lives and that God in His outrageous love has made justification for the sinner solely by faith through the atoning work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in conversion and sanctification; also in ministry, worship and in exercising spiritual gifts through the body of believers.
Evangelical – the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is central to our lives and we believe is the living word of God, take it as our authority, believe it literally and order our individual and corporate lives in the light of it. So we believe the miracles recorded in the Bible really happened and Jesus physically rose from the dead and will physically return. We try our best not to bend the scriptures so that they fit with culture but rather with the help of the Holy Spirit endeavour to interpret the truth so that we can obey it.
Charismatic – which is more than being lively! We believe the model of church as seen in the book of Acts is a model for us to pursue today – Spirit filled lives and all that leads to, from looking after the poor to expecting miracles. We don’t believe that the era of the early church was totally unique – yes, it was uniquely foundational, but the foundation shapes the church today and the Holy Spirit fuels our power, sacrifice, community, impact, opposition, boldness, proclamation, signs and wonders. We believe in all the things you’ll find in the charisma lists in the Bible (Romans chapter 12 and 1 Corinthians chapter 12).
Complementarian – We believe in the absolute equality and the absolute distinctiveness of men and women. We openly celebrate masculinity and femininity and confidently assert God’s right to determine what a man is and what a woman is and resist both chauvinism and feminism. We also resist the pressure to blur all lines of distinction in the name of equality – we believe in equality as the Bible presents it. We believe in men and women using their gifts and serving in the church. We believe eldership is a male role because we believe that’s what the Bible teaches.
Diverse – We welcome all. We’re not into the rich church thing. We’re not into the poor church thing. We’re not into the youth church thing. We’re not into the old church thing. We’re not into the men’s church thing or the women’s church thing. What we are into is the Revelation 7 church thing – where every kind of person is gathered around the throne– it’s a beautiful thing because it speaks of the victory of Christ – that on the cross He has brought down every dividing wall so that we are all now one in Christ. What a picture!
Missional – We are a people who have been commissioned by Jesus to make disciples of all nations. We will speak to all people about Jesus, making sure that we do so respectfully, keeping our lives and conversation full with grace. At the end of the day, we believe that Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God and so we proclaim Jesus and Him crucified.