“Baptists” are part of the larger Christian family. Our name – “Baptist” – refers to our practice of baptizing those who are believers (people mature enough to make that personal decision). Baptists began in the early 1600’s, emphasizing the biblical pattern that people are baptized upon a personal profession of faith.
Our congregation is a wonderful mix of people who come out of many different backgrounds, but are united by a common love for Jesus and a desire to serve Him, in word and deed, in the world.
We share core Christian beliefs with other Christian denominations and churches. As a church, we affirm the following “Statement of Faith” as a summary of our basic beliefs. (adapted from the “Statement of Faith” of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, http://www.evangelicalfellowship.ca). This statement unites Christians from many denominational traditions across Canada:
1. The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God are divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and constitute the only supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; we affirm His virgin birth, sinless humanity, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension, ongoing mediatorial work, and personal return in power and glory.
4. The salvation of lost and sinful humanity is possible only through the merits of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, received by faith apart from works, and is characterized by regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
5. The Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. The Church, the body of Christ, consists of all true believers.
7. Ultimately Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all persons: either to an eternal presence with God or to an eternal separation from God.
8. There are two ordinances for the Church, regularly observed in the New Testament: Believer’s Baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.