What We Believe

What We Believe

Meare Community Church is an independent Evangelical Church.

What we believe

The Bible describes itself as “The Word of God.” As a church we try to be obedient to what it tells us to do.

What is a Christian?

The Bible tells us that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and need to be forgiven by God. The Bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for all the wrong things that we have done. It tells us that, through faith in Him, all can know God’s forgiveness and make a fresh start with Him as followers of Jesus Christ. The Bible sums it up like this.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The Bible John 3:16.

What is Baptism?

Jesus said: “Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved” Mark 16:16.

The Bible teaches that baptism comes after a person has started to believe in Jesus for themselves. It is the first step on the path of discipleship. Every description of Christian baptism in the Bible shows this order of events. For example:

“The Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.” Acts 18:18. “Simon himself believed and was baptized.” Acts 8:13.

The Bible also says that Baptism is by full immersion. It describes the symbolism of being “buried” under the water and rising up again.

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4.

Although they cannot yet be baptised, that does not mean that God does not care for babies and little children. The Bible says that Jesus wanted parents to bring their little children to Him to be blessed.

“Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16.

As a church we gladly pray for God’s blessing for little Children, asking God to help for the parents as they bring them up to know and understand what it means to live as a Christian.

 

The Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith explains what we believe like this:

We believe in…

  1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God-fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers – given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.

Church members should agree with The Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith, have undergone believers’ baptism and be living a life as a church member consistent with biblical principles.