Warrnambool & District Baptist Church

While holding many aspects of Christian truth in common with other denominations, Baptists place a distinctive emphasis upon the following fundamental principles of the Christian Faith, as revealed in the New Testament:

  1. The Child in the Kingdom

    We believe that infants are God’s children, whether of Christian or non-Christian parents, and accept without modification the word of the Lord, “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”. This Christian view of the child makes the external act of “Infant Baptism” unnecessary.

    We approve of the presentation of children to God by parents, if by doing so they solemnly undertake to nurture them and to train them to be obedient to the Lord.

  2. The Significance of Conversion

    To all who at the stage of personal responsibility, ignore God’s law, we preach the gospel of the Father’s love and the message of the Cross, as the Way of Life. Conversion is acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

    This acceptance of Christ is a personal and deliberate act involving the assent of the mind, the decisions of the will, and the love of the heart.

    Accepting Christ as Saviour and Lord implies a constant endeavour to live a life worthy of, and well-pleasing to Him in all things.

  3. The Church – A Spiritual Society

    We hold that the Church, as established by the Lord Jesus Christ, should consist of persons who have personally and consciously accepted Him as Saviour and Lord, and pledged themselves to discipleship and service in the Kingdom of God.

  4. The Lordship of Christ in the Church

    We hold and teach that Jesus Christ alone is the Head of the Church.

    Therefore, He is the sole authority in all matters of faith and conduct, in the life both of the Church and of the individual.

    Therefore all believers have direct access to Him as our great High Priest without any ecclesiastical or other external authority.

    Therefore, we claim the personal privilege, freed to accept the Christian responsibility of discovering God’s will under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

  5. The Standard of Belief

    Believing that the voice of the Church is subordinate to the voice of Christ, and that the mind of the Master is the standard of Christian belief, we do not subscribe to any formal Church Creed in case it hampers the development of Christian thought.

    We accept the principle that God has yet “more light and truth to break forth from His Word”.