Below are the key topics that comprise our Statement of Faith.
Click any topic to read what we believe here at Somersham Baptist Church.
|God the Father||The Human Race|
|God The Son – Lord Jesus Christ||Salvation|
|God The Holy Spirit||The Church|
There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things.
God the Father
God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is perfect in love, a love so unfathomable that he would send his only Son, Jesus Christ, so who ever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life. He is faithful to His promises. He is holy, just and fair. He is the perfect example to earthly fathers of how they should be, wanting that intimate relationship with his creation, as sons and daughters.
God The Son – Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. On the cross He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
(Isaiah 9:6-7) (John 1:1-14) (John 5:22-23) (John 8:54-58) (John 10:30) (Isaiah 7:14) (Matthew 1:18-23) (Romans 5:6-10) (I Thessalonians 5:9-10) (Acts 1:8-11) (Romans 8:31-35)
God The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life, indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ.
The gifts and the fruits of the spirit are for the building up and empowering of the Church, enabling believers to live a life pleasing to God.
God has revealed himself in the Bible, every word was inspired by God and is without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible is sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
(Numbers 23:16-19) (John 1:1-14) (II Timothy 3:15-17)
The Human Race
All men and women are created in the image of God and exist to obey, worship and love Him. As a result of the fall human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
Salvation is how we are delivered from our sinful nature and the consequences of living in that sin. Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
(Matthew 16:21-26) (John 3:16-19) (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) (Romans 10:9-13) (Ephesians 2:4-9) (I John 5:9-12)
The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness.
(Isaiah 26:19) (Daniel 12:1-3) (Matthew 22:30-32) (Mark 12:25-27) (Luke 20:34-38) (John 5:25-29) (Romans 8:22-23) (I Corinthians 15:35-45) (I Corinthians 15:51-55) (I Corinthians 15:20-28) (Philippians 3:20-21) (I John 3:1-3) (Revelation 20:4-6)