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Who We Are

At Heathervale Baptist Church we are a community of people who have a desire to meet together to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ which we want to share with others. Our desire is to be a visible and vibrant family of God’s people, making a difference in the lives of those in our local community.

We are part of the worldwide Christian family of God.  We are part of the Baptist Union and of the South Eastern Baptist Association.

Please visit the BU website to find out "Who are Baptists"

 

What We Believe

  • that God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and in final judgement.
  • in the trinity of God, that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are united in the Godhead.
  • that the complete, unaltered Holy Bible is divine revelation and is supreme in authority in all matters of faith and conduct.  
  • that mankind is fundamentally sinful and   therefore out of relationship with a holy God.  
  • in the full deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His real sinless humanity whilst on earth, His death on a cross, His bodily resurrection and His present reign in heaven.  
  • that redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin is only possible through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.  
  • that through acceptance by faith of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ we are accepted as righteous in God’s sight and we receive eternal life as a gift of God’s grace.  
  • that the Holy Spirit is allowed to work in our lives so that we grow in Christ’s likeness, in character and behaviour.  
  • that we are part of one worldwide, universal church acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord.  
  • in the future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge all people and receive those redeemed in Jesus Christ to eternal glory.

 

Our Vision Statement

We have a specific vision to become a Christ-centred, Spirit-filled community of God’s people, growing in our resemblance to the early church born on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 v 42-47:-

'They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved'.

To fulfil our vision, we continually seek a greater measure of the Holy Spirit to empower us to grow in our resemblance to  the church born on the day of Pentecost. We seek therefore to be a community of God’s people growing in our devotion and in our effectiveness in teaching, worshipping, praying, caring, serving and witnessing. We seek, through  the Holy Spirit’s empowering, to grow to be more and more like the Acts 2 church in having a culture of evangelism and disciple-making where new believers are regularly being added to the church, who are then equipped in community, to become mature disciples and effective witnesses of Jesus Christ.

To work towards the vision statement the leaders have identified a number of aims based on the passage above that we seek to work towards through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit

 

Our Aims

  • to be Spirit-filled witnesses, both as the gathered community of God’s people and as scattered   disciples, so that through God’s supernatural power, we have a confidence and expectancy that we will be effective in regularly making disciples of Jesus Christ, seeing them baptised and then joining the church as committed members
  • to be devoted to Biblical teaching across the age ranges and activities of the church, so that we make disciples who grow to be more and more like Christ.
  • to be devoted to the Apostles’ teaching in following their example as leaders who taught the faith and modelled it by way of servant leadership to the church. This means identifying and equipping leaders at all levels of the church who can teach and model faith in Jesus Christ.
  • to be devoted to fellowship so that we help one another grow into maturity in Christ, by loving one another, teaching and admonishing one another, praying for one another, speaking truth to one another, serving one another, encouraging one another, stirring up one another to faith and good deeds, forgiving one another, welcoming one another, bearing one another's burdens and comforting one another.
  • be devoted to the practice of hospitality in order to share God’s generosity and joy with one another and to give time to share life together so that we can help one another grow in fellowship and in the likeness of Christ.
  • to be devoted to prayer so that individual Christians, our church family and the church worldwide are empowered by the Spirit to advance the kingdom of God and give glory to Jesus Christ in the local community and in the world.
  • to be filled with awe and joy at God’s presence among us as we seek the gifts of the Spirit whenever we gather to worship, so that we are inspired, transformed and equipped to serve Christ as witnesses in the whole of our lives.
  • to seek God in prayer and to work in partnership with God’s Spirit , so that Christ’s Kingdom is demonstrated in signs and wonders in the church, in the community and throughout the world, by way of healings, conversions and demonstrations of God’s extraordinary grace in answering prayer and meeting needs.
  • to be generous in sharing our resources with those in need, within our own church, other churches in this country or with mission agencies, NGOs or churches overseas, so that the generosity of God in Christ is demonstrated and experienced.
  • as individuals and as a community of God’s people to enhance the reputation of Jesus Christ and his church, in our local community and in the world, through acts of mercy and compassionate service in the name of Jesus Christ, that seek to meet the spiritual, physical, relational and emotional needs of people.