We believe that God works in people through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We use the Bible in our preaching, discipleship, evangelism, and worship, believing that God works through is word and by his Spirit to change lives.
We are a Baptist church. That basically means that we believe that baptism in water is a great sign and symbol of the defining mark of a Christian. Christians are people who identify with Jesus in his dying and rising again to new life, which washes us clean of wrongdoing against God.
We're protestant and evangelical, which means we are Bible based as our highest authority. We are a congregation led/governed church, which means every member has a voice that matters. In Bible language, we value the priesthood of all believers (not just people with a title like "priests"). Our gatherings include various elements that reflect our diverse community of people who are united in commitment to Jesus and the Bible. For example, we might sing a contemporary song, then reciting an ancient creed, before hearing a Bible explanation talk engaging with contemporary culture. We love this, and hope you might also!
Things we value
The story of Christianity
We exist because we're convinced God exists, and loves us immensely. Including you.
And he shows us His love. Here's the story...
In the beginning, the all-powerful, personal God created the universe. This God created human beings in His image to live joyfully in His presence, in humble submission to His gracious authority. But all of us have rebelled against God and, in consequence, must suffer the punishment of our rebellion: physical death and the wrath of God.
Thankfully, God initiated a rescue plan, which began with His choosing the nation of Israel to display His glory in a fallen world. The Bible describes how God acted mightily on Israel’s behalf, rescuing His people from slavery and then giving them His holy law. But God’s people – like all of us – failed to rightly reflect the glory of God.
Then, in the fullness of time, in the Person of Jesus Christ, God Himself came to renew the world and restore His people. Jesus perfectly obeyed the law given to Israel. Though innocent, He suffered the consequences of human rebellion by His death on a cross. But three days later, God raised Him from the dead.
Now the church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned by God to take the news of Christ’s work to the world. Empowered by God’s Spirit, the church calls all people everywhere to repent of sin and to trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness. Repentance and faith restores our relationship with God and results in a life of ongoing transformation.
The Bible promises that Jesus Christ will return to this earth as the conquering King. Only those who live in repentant faith in Christ will escape God’s judgment and live joyfully in God’s presence for all eternity. God’s message is the same to all of us: repent and believe, before it is too late. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.
Excerpt from TGC US. Video from The Bible Project.
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We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to know more or are planning to visit us. We can arrange a coffee before or after you visit so you can learn more about Islington Baptist and what involvement might look like for you.