Halton Baptist Church, Old London Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN35 5LU t: 01424 424520 e: hello@haltonbaptists.org.uk

Statement of Faith

We believe in the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit one God in three persons.

We believe that God is sovereign in creation, in revealing Himself to mankind, in redeeming us, and in final judgement.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was fully God, that He died on the cross for our sins, that He rose from the dead bodily and ascended to heaven where He now reigns.

We believe in the future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all men, condemning those who have refused salvation, and receiving the redeemed into glory.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and is our supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

We believe that all mankind is under God's judgement since the fall, because sin has corrupted all people everywhere, making them guilty before God.

We believe that those who respond to the Holy Spirit by turning from sin, accepting the work of Christ on the cross, and putting their faith in Him, receive forgiveness of sins and release from the power of sin.

We recognise that this can in no way, be merited by man, but is an act of God's sovereign grace.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, living in those who have accepted Christ, produces an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour equipping and empowering them to share in the life of the Church and in witness to the world.

We believe that the local church is the gathered community of believers, living in fellowship with one another. Each such church has liberty to follow the Holy Spirit's guidance, with due recognition to those whom God has set apart as leaders.

We believe that Christian baptism is the total immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And, that those who desire to become members of this church will normally, have taken this step of obedience.

We believe that the celebration of the Lord's Supper is an encounter with the risen Lord, a proclamation of the Gospel, a foretaste of the banquet that the Lord has prepared for His people, and a focal point of fellowship of the local church.

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