As a family of faith communities and expressions we are committed to unity and diversity. We are unified around our theology and ecclesiology and diverse in our missiology.
THEOLOGICALLY, WE ARE COMMITTED TO:
We believe the gospel is the Good News of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of His Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom and the consummation of His purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth.
This gospel is centred in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message.
This Gospel is not only the means by which people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ.
The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of mankind is required in order to be saved.
(Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 1: 7-10; Colossians 1: 19-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3: 11-13; Jude 3-4; Revelation 21-22)
God’s Sovereignty in Salvation
We affirm that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, according to His sovereign good pleasure and will.
We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, God draws unbelievers to faith in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so that they will most assuredly and willingly believe.
We also believe that these whom He gave to the Son, will persevere in belief and godly behaviour and be kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith.
We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes His redemptive purpose in the world.
(John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17,31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9)
Holy Spirit Empowered Ministry
The Holy Spirit, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, is fully God, equal with the Father and Son. He also convicts unbelievers of their sin and their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth).
The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so that they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures.
The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of His indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon His power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of His earthly ministry.
The Holy Spirit who indwelled and empowered Christ, in like manner, indwells and empowers us with spiritual gifts He has bestowed for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available today, but not one of them in particular is required to give evidence of the baptism or filling of the Spirit. The gifts are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines.
(Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14; 5:17; 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15, 34; 14:12; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30;10:38; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-13; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)
The kingdom of God is any place or person where the rule and reign of Jesus Christ is expressed and experienced. We believe Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God in His bodily ministry on the earth and continues to establish it by His Spirit through His body, the church, today.
We live in between the inauguration and consummation of Jesus’ Kingdom. Presently, the Church serves as a foretaste of the future reality when all will come under Christ as Head. As the Church submits to and serves Christ today, the world gets to see and experience a preview of the future under the full rule and reign of Jesus Christ.
The consummation of the Kingdom will be fulfilled when Jesus returns.
(Mark 1:15: Luke 17:20-21; Ephesians 1:10; 22-23; Revelation 20-21)
ECCLESIOLOGICALLY, WE ARE COMMITTED TO:
The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own faith community to the neighbourhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not a program in the church but an essential identity of the Church. The Church is the missionary people of God sent into all of life to accomplish His purposes.
We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring His lordship to bear on every dimension of life. The primary way we fulfill this mission is by making disciples who make disciples leading to the starting and establishing of Gospel-Centered communities of faith on mission. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those faith communities God enables us to plant at home and around the world.
We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.
(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)
The Church is not a building, an event or an institution. The Church is the people of God saved by the power of God for the purposes of God in this world.
Jesus commanded us to make disciples who make disciples. Part of that work is baptizing His followers into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This means we are to establish them in their new identity. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation – they have a new identity. Our new identity as disciples of Jesus is Family, Servants and Missionaries.
Marysville Baptist Church in all its expressions, establishes disciples of Jesus in their new Trinitarian Identity. Our doing comes out of our being. Therefore as the family of God, we love others like brothers and sisters. As servants of our King, we serve others as Jesus served us. And as empowered missionaries, we are sent by the Spirit to be witnesses of Jesus in word and deed.
(Matthew 20: 25-28; 25:31-46; 28:16-20; John 1:12-14; 13:1-17; 20:21-22; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14-17; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Ephesians 1:3-10; 2:10; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 1 John 3:1; 4:7-12)
Missional Faith Communities
We believe a Gospel community on mission (missional faith community) is the primary structure for making disciples.
Disciples of Jesus increasingly submit to Him in all of life (worship), are being changed by Him (new identity), obey Him and teach others to do the same (multiplication). Discipleship is the process of bringing all of life under the lordship and empowering presence of Jesus Christ.
In order to accomplish the mission of making disciples we must create environments where life on life, life in community and life on mission can occur. Life on life allows for visibility and accessibility. We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so that people know what it looks like to follow Jesus in all of life, and we can assess whether people are growing in discipleship. Life in community ensures that a disciple looks more like Jesus. One-on-one discipleship will lead to a disciple looking like the one who discipled them. Community discipleship will lead to disciples looking more like Jesus as He works through His body. And Life on Mission both reveals areas of life that need gospel-led repentance and faith, and equips people to make disciples who make disciples.
Marysville Baptist Church agree together that a faith community on mission together is the best structure and environment for disciple-making.
(Matthew 4:19; 28:16-20; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11-16; Colossians 1:28; Acts 2:42-47)
In order to lead Jesus followers to see all of life as mission, we equip them to engage in everyday rhythms with gospel intentionality – doing what they would normally do differently in light of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Everyday rhythms are activities that people engage in as part of everyday living. These rhythms of life are not the result of sinful rebellion (like relational discord, suffering and death), but they have been affected by sin. We show the world what it looks like to worship God in all of life by living out these rhythms in submission to Jesus Christ.
These everyday rhythms are Eat, Listen, Story, Bless, Celebrate, and ReCreate (Work, Play, and Rest).
Ordered Equality in Shared Ministry
Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and having equal access to God through faith in Christ.
Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church or faith communities and beyond. God’s intent for the church is for both men and women to be encouraged and equipped to minister and serve in accordance with the gifts He has given them.
In the home, both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant leadership and sacrificial love modeled by Jesus Christ.
The APEST Leaders (overseers) of the church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight, set an example of what is normative for the church and serve the church through prayer and equipping.
(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Acts 18:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
MISSIOLOGICALLY, WE ARE COMMITTED TO:
Every team of leaders and cultural context is different. God grants each faith community and expression a unique combination of capacity, calling and gifting that suits the context to which He sends them, for the work He calls them to do there. Just like every family member has things in common, while expressing their commonalities in unique ways, Marysville Baptist Church expects to see our common convictions and language expressed with great diversity. Some expressions will look like a house church movement, while others may have a very strong Sunday gathering to supplement the work of mission through missional communities.
DISTINCTIVELY, WE ARE COMMITTED TO BAPTIST IDENTITY AND PRACTICE
Baptists share many beliefs in common with other Christians including belief in one God, the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ, and the significance of His crucifixion and resurrection for salvation. With other Christian churches, they know that hope for the individual, the nation, and the world is found in Jesus Christ and in a personal relationship with Him. Baptists emerged historically out of a desire to follow New Testament teaching as they understood it. The following beliefs have come to be known as Baptist Distinctives:
The Lordship of Jesus Christ
Baptists believe that Jesus is Lord of both the church and the individual. We believe that it is only through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, burial and resurrection that a person can know salvation or eternal life with God in heaven – there aren’t many paths to God, only one. But belief in God means that what a Christian says is also evident in his/her action- every area in the believer’s life and the life of the church is to be subject to the Lord. God is the Supreme Authority.
The Authority of the Scriptures
Baptists believe the scriptures are inspired by God. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard of faith and practice.
The Priesthood of the Believer
Baptists hold that all believers share as equals in the church, and, in turn, have a priestly role toward each other. Every member is called to be a minister. Differences in education, wealth, gender and so on do not disqualify a person from service or from serving God through ministry to others.
Inherent in the worth of each person is also the ability of the soul to have direct access to God through Jesus Christ. Baptists believe that no group has the right to force others to believe or worship as it does. God has given all people freedom of choice and as such Baptists have championed the cause of religious liberty.
Regenerate Covenant Partnership
To become a Christian requires a personal acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as both Saviour and Lord. You cannot say Christ has saved you from judgment unless you also allow him to control your life as Lord. This act of faith and believer’s baptism must precede membership in the local church.
Baptists practice believer’s baptism following one’s belief in Jesus death and resurrection as the only atoning sacrifice for sin and hope for eternal life. Believer’s baptism is normally conducted by immersion and is one of the first significant acts through which the believer proclaims personal faith in Christ and is initiated into church life and ministry.
Baptists celebrate the Lord’s Supper or Communion commemorating and remembering Christ’s death. Matthew 26:26-30.
Local Church Autonomy
Baptists believe government in a local church is controlled by the principles of the priesthood of believers, the Lordship of Christ, the authority of the Scriptures, and the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, present in the lives of covenant partners, leads them corporately to discover and obey His mind and will. As a result, it is important that each church verify each potential covenant partner’s profession of faith to make sure that their claim is valid. Each church is competent under Christ to look after its own affairs and has freedom from coercion by other bodies. From their beginning, however, Baptists have consistently recognized the importance of cooperation with churches of “like faith and order.”
The Separation of Church and State
Baptists have championed the right to freedom in spiritual matters under the lordship of Jesus Christ. They believe there must exist a separation between the church and civil governments. There should not be a church-controlled state, nor a state-controlled church. God has given legitimate roles to both, but neither is to encroach upon the rights or obligations of the other. They are, however, under obligation to recognize and reinforce each other as each seeks to fulfil its divine function.
We believe in the one true and living God who is without beginning and without end. He exists eternally in three distinct yet coequal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe and all that is in it.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Genesis 1:26; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-4
We believe that God the Father is the first person of the Trinity. He is everywhere at all times and is all powerful, all knowing and all wise. He Reigns with love and care over all creation. He is the Father of all who are saved from sin and spiritual death by accepting His Son Jesus as Lord and Savior.
1 Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3&4; John 1:2; John 3:16; 1 John 3:1
We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity who was born of the Virgin Mary after having been miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus being fully God and fully man lived a sinless life in complete obedience to the Father. Out of His unconditional love He died as a substitute for the sins of all people by shedding His blood on a cruel cross, was buried, and on the third day rose again in bodily form and then ascended into Heaven where He rules over all creation and intercedes for us before the Father.
Luke 1:26-35; Luke 2:7; John 1:14; Hebrews 4:15&16; Luke 24:1-7;50-52; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9; Hebrews 9:22; 1 John 2:1&2; Ephesians 1:19-23
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He convicts people of their sin, draws them to Christ and to spiritual maturity giving spiritual life. He lives within those who believe in and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and bears witness to their new spiritual birth. When an individual receives Salvation through Christ they are filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit equipping all believers with spiritual gifts for ministry in the church and the world. He purifies, empowers, protects, guides, teaches, and helps Christians to think, speak and act more like Jesus in their daily lives.
John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 12:5-8; 1 John 1:7, 9; 2:3-6; Romans 8:26-27; 2 Corinthians 3:17&18
We believe that our final authority is the Holy Bible, being the Word of God written by men inspired/moved by the Holy Spirit. The Bible consists of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments from Genesis to Revelation without error in their original writings. It is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to people. God speaks through the Bible to reveal sin, draw people to Himself and to teach what is needed for Salvation and Spiritual Maturity. The Bible is complete in its writings with nothing to be added or subtracted from it; it is trustworthy, sufficient and is the Christian’s guide and standard of faith and practice. The Bible is the supreme standard by which all human creeds, doctrines and spiritual beliefs are to be assessed.
2 Peter 1:20&21; 2 Timothy 3:16&17; Hebrews 4:12-13; John 8:31; James 1:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; Revelation 22:7; 18-19
We believe that Salvation is by grace alone, through faith in Christ and is freely offered to all people by personally accepting Jesus and His finished work through His death and resurrection, and by acknowledging the sin in our lives and repenting and turning from it. No one can earn their salvation or way to Heaven. Salvation is not by works but it is a gift of God. Salvation is not only knowing about God but entering into a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. At the moment of accepting Christ and His forgiveness of sin our sinful nature is quickened to spiritually renewed life and the Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Jesus. All Christians have the privilege to approach God directly in prayer through Jesus, the only mediator between God and man.
Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; 1 John 1:9; Romans 10:9; John 14:6;
Ephesians 2:8, 9&18; John 1:12; Acts 10:43; Hebrews 4:16
We believe that God created men and women in His image creating us with such things as a spirit, emotions, and the ability to love. People have the eternal ability to know God personally. God created the first man (Adam) and woman (Eve) without sin but with the capability of choice. Through the temptation of Satan, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation. Sin broke the intimate relationship between God and man; however, salvation through Christ restores this broken relationship. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, all people can know and experience His forgiveness, love, joy, peace & spiritual freedom.
Genesis 1:26&27; Genesis 2:7- 9, 15- 18, 21&22; Genesis 3; Romans 5:12; Romans 3:23; Romans 10:9; John 10:10; John 14:27; John 8:34-36
We believe that Christ is the head of the Church. The church is not a building but is made up of those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Christians are commanded by Christ to be baptized upon accepting Christ by faith and to unite with a local congregation of believers for shared encouragement and spiritual growth in discipleship in areas such as inspiring prayer, worship, teaching and service. Jesus commands us to tell the world about the love and forgiveness of Jesus offered through His free gift of salvation. Every Christian is commanded by Christ to use their spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to build and grow Christ’s church as the Spirit enables us.
Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:15-18, 21-23; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-37; Hebrews 10:24&25
We believe in the second coming of Jesus. He will return in bodily form just as He said He would. Christ will then raise from the dead in bodily form all who have ever lived. He will judge all people in righteousness. Those who have never entered into a personal relationship with Jesus will be sent to eternal punishment (Hell) and those who have entered into a relationship with Jesus (salvation) will enter a life of eternal joy and fellowship with God.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; James 5:8; Jude 14 &15; Acts 10:42&43; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 7:9-17
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan. He is an evil spirit-being who opposes the work of God in the world. Satan was originally created as a holy, perfect spirit-being, but through pride and wicked desires revolted against God. He then became depraved in character, becoming the great enemy of God and His people. He is leader of all evil angels and spirits who are destined to eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Hell). Satan and his demons/evil spirits now tempt people to sin and turn away from God including those who have a relationship with Jesus. As Christians we can overcome the temptation and power of Satan through the shed blood of Jesus because Satan was defeated and judged on the cross. We can boldly approach Jesus our mediator for help, power, and protection through His Spirit.
Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:3-4,7-9; Matthew 25:41; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:9-11; 20:10; Colossians 2:15; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 4:16
We believe in Believers Baptism. Baptism is the complete immersion in water of a person who has entered into a personal relationship with Jesus. Baptism is performed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as well as the death and burial of our old sinful nature/life and resurrection to new life in Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Romans 6:1-14
We believe that the Lord’s Supper (Communion) symbolizes the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross. The cup symbolizes the shed blood of Jesus and the bread symbolizes the body of Jesus freely offered and broken for the sins of all people.
Luke 22:19&20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26