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Being Church


Any group of Christians, meeting intentionally in the name of Jesus (Matthew 18:20), is acting as a church. This may very well take place at home, at work and in a variety of social groups. This also includes all other churches both Baptist and otherwise.

It seems to be the New Testament model that people belong to a community in which has a focus on teaching, prayer, fellowship and service enabling people to freely repent and believe. (Acts 2:42,45)

Paul says that “we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body … and we were all given the one Spirit to drink”. (1 Corinthians 12:12). and “In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts [which each should use]” (Romans 12:5-6)

The way in which Cherry Hinton Baptist Church currently summarise our vision of being church is that we are “Seeking faithfully to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and to love our neighbours as ourselves” (based on Luke 10:27)

Baptist Principles

*Lordship of Christ: Being obedient to Jesus individually and corporately
*Authority of the Bible: Acknowledging the inspiration by God of the Bible
**Baptism for believers: Obeying Jesus’ call to repent, believe and be baptised
*Believers Church: The essence of the church being the meeting of believers
Priesthood of all believers: God working through each believer
Church meetings: Authority resting with members meeting under God’s guidance
Interdependence: Each church is not being isolated from other churches
Sharing the faith: Demonstrating God forgiving & healing love in word & action
Religious freedom: Accepting differences of outlook and practice
* These are absolute requirements for formal church membership
** This is a requirement for the Minister and a Majority of the Deaconate

Core Community Values

Prophetic community:  Confronting evil
Inclusive community: Inward looking, but still open
Sacrificial community: Vulnerable
Missionary community: Outward looking
Worshipping community: Upward looking

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