What we believe

We believe ...

Foundations are always important. All the more so within a body of God's people, a local church. It is important what we stand upon, what guides our path, and what our aims are. You will find out more about each of these on this page.

Foundations

Cambray Baptist Church exists to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and our only Saviour in our lives, our speech, and all we do.  We are Jesus ruled, elder led, living under the teaching of God's word the Bible.

Because we take God's call to love Him with all our heart, mind and strength seriously, at the centre of our gathered worship is God's word, working through the whole of the Bible a section at a time, learning together from God and seeking to apply His word through His Spirit into our lives daily.

Because we take God's call to make disciples seriously, we invest strongly in Small Groups of many kinds, where we can gather around God's word to learn together, pray together, and grow together.

Because we take God's call to go into all the world as His witnesses seriously, the core of our work is to reach out to the lost both where the church is located and where God scatters His people throughout the week.  The relevance of God's work in our lives today is reflected in our sung gathered worship, which is contemporary whilst seeking to use the best of godly songwriters across the years.

Vision

Together proclaiming Jesus ...

Love
Love
growing daily in love for God
Grow
Grow
growing daily as disciple-making disciples
Go
Go
growing daily in bold gospel witness

... to impact Cheltenham, this nation and the world for Jesus

Our Mission:

Our mission is to proclaim Jesus as Saviour and Lord in Cheltenham, this nation and the world.

Outworking:

The greatest commandment is to LOVE God with all our heart, mind and strength and we can only do this if we know him. So we are gathered together by God to hear his Word in which Jesus is revealed, and we respond to His word in praise, adoration, and application.

Together we are called to GROW in Christ likeness. We need each other’s help to accomplish this.  Our aim is that every believer is equipped to be a disciple-making disciple.  So we meet in homes regularly, seeking to apply God's word in our lives and grow together in Jesus, and we provide regular training evenings to train in discipling others.

God clearly commands us to GO to make disciples of all nations wherever the Lord scatters us during the week.  We aim to equip every member to speak clearly and boldly of Jesus to those about them and we run relevant and exciting events and courses where people can hear more about God's love for them in Jesus.

Statement of Faith

The following summary of Bible Teaching represents the doctrinal basis of Cambray Baptist Church.

1. The Authority of Scripture

The divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures as originally given, not only containing but being in themselves the Word of God. Their final authority for the believer in all matters of faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

2. The Nature of God

In the one Godhead there are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). The Sovereignty, Holiness, Love and Grace of God in Creation, Providence and Redemption (Eph. 1:11; Rev. 4:11; 1 John 4:10 ; John 3:16; 1 John 1:5)

3. The Person of our Lord Jesus Christ

(a) His true deity as the Son of God (Col. 2:9)

(b) His virgin birth (Matt. 1:18-25)

(c) His real and perfect humanity (Luke 2:1-52)

(d) The absolute authority of His teaching and the infallibility of all His utterances (John 8:26,28)

(e) His finished work of Atonement for sinners by His suffering and dying as their substitute (Matt. 26:28; 1 Tim. 2:5-6)

(f) His bodily Resurrection and His Ascension into Heaven (1 Cor. 15:12-34; Acts 1:9-11)

(g) His present High Priestly intercession for his people (Heb. 7:25)

(h) His personal return (John 14:13; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:14-18)

4. The Work of the Holy Spirit

The work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth, conversion and holy living (John 16:8-15; Eph. 2:1-10)

5. The Sinful Nature of Man

The corruption of every part of human nature as a result of sin and necessity of the New Birth (Rom. 5:12-21; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; John 3:3-8)

6. The Work of Atonement

The sinner is put right with God through the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ and this blessing is to be received by faith alone (Rom. 4:24-25; Rom. 5:1-2)

7. The Resurrection and Judgement

The resurrection of the body (1 Cor. 15:50-57) and the judgement of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 17:30-31; Matt. 13:24-30; Matt. 13:36-43)

8. The Ordinances

Two ordinances of divine institution are observed:

(a) Believers' baptism by immersion as a confession of faith and an act of obedience (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38)

(b) The Lord's Supper as an act of remembrance and fellowship (Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor. 10:16; 1 Cor. 11:23-28)

9. The Church

The Church of Jesus Christ is composed of all those who, confessing their repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 1:2; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23; John 10:16)