What We Believe

The Lord my God

Limes Avenue Baptist Church is a church family who believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. It tells the truth about God, our world and ourselves. It shows God’s plan of salvation for the sinners that He loves through Jesus Christ.

Limes Avenue Baptist Church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East (AGBCSE). As such we have adopted their doctrial basis as our own which is set out below.

We also subscribe to the FIEC ethos statements on Gospel Unity, Women In Ministry, Same Sex Marriage.

What we believe about God

We believe in the one true and living God, co-equal in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, personal, omnipresent, eternal, dependent on none, unchanging, truthful, trustworthy, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, righteous, holy, good, loving, merciful, long-suffering and gracious, the Creator of all things.

(Genesis 1; Deuteronomy 32; 1 Timothy 1:17; Romans 9; Matthew 3)
[1644 1-3; 1689 2-4; 1853 2; 1966 1]

What we believe about the Bible

We believe that Almighty God in His great goodness has revealed all that is necessary to life and salvation in the sixty-six books of The Old and New Testaments which is the Word of God. All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is sufficient in all matters of faith and practice. Its authority is derived from its Author and not from the opinions of men.

(Psalm 19; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
[1644 7-8; 1689 1; 1853 1; 1966 2]

What we believe about mankind

We believe that God created mankind in his image, male and female, and therefore each person has dignity and worth. A person’s gender (which Scripture states is only either male or female) is part of God’s good creation and is determined by biological sex at conception. We believe that marriage is the voluntary, lifelong, exclusive public union of one man and one woman, and is the only God-ordained context for sexual activity. God created men and women with equal worth and to have complementary and distinct roles within the family and the local church.

We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright. Adam sinned and as the representative and head of the human race brought upon himself and all his offspring death, condemnation and a sinful nature. As a result it is utterly beyond the power of fallen mankind to have a saving knowledge of God, to love God, to keep his laws, to believe the Gospel, to repent of sin or trust in Christ.

(Genesis 1-3; Romans 3, 5; Ephesians 2)
[1644 4-5, 24; 1689 6; 1853 3; 1966 4]

What we believe about salvation

We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for His own glory chose an innumerable host of men and women to eternal life as an act of free and sovereign grace. This election was in no way dependent upon his foresight of human faith, decision, works or merit.

(John 17; Romans 9; Ephesians 1-2 / 1644 5, 21)
[1689 7; 1853 4, appendix 5; 1966 1]

We believe that God so loved lost sinners that He sent His Son into the world, conceived of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, both God and man, born under the Law to live a perfect life.

(Luke 1:26-38; Romans 5; Hebrews 9)
1644 9, 16; 1689 8; 1853 4; 1966 5]

We believe that God’s Son died at Calvary to effect propitiation, reconciliation, redemption and atonement for His elect people. God bore testimony to His acceptance of His Son’s work by raising Him from the dead for our justification. He ascended to the right hand of His Father and is enthroned in glory, where He intercedes on behalf of His people and rules over all things for their sake.

(Matthew 27, 28; Acts 1; Acts 2:14-41; Romans 3; Hebrews 9; 1 John 2:1-2)
1644 9-18, 30; 1689 8; 1853 4; 1966 5]

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come again to judge all people, to raise the dead, both righteous and unrighteous, and that the righteous shall be glorified and enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.

(John 14:1-3; Acts 1:6-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12)
1644 20; 1689 31, 32; 1853 17-18, 27-28; 1966 9]

We believe that the Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. By the mystery of His all-powerful work those dead in sin are brought into spiritual life. They hear the call of God through His Word and are given the desire and ability to repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

(John 14:25-31; Acts 2; Galatians 5:16-26)
1644 22, 23; 1689 10-15, 1853 7; 1966 5]

We believe that the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ which is received by faith alone. They shall persevere in holiness and enter into the joys of heaven.

(John 10; Romans 8)
1644 23, 26, 28, 32; 1689 14-17; 1853 5, 11; 1966 6]

What we believe about the local church

We believe that a visible local church is a community of baptised believers who have covenanted together in the fellowship of the gospel and under the discipline of God’s Word.

(Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:37-47; Ephesians 4)
1644 33, 34, 39-46; 1689 26-30; 1853 13, 14; 1966 7]

We believe in the necessity of baptism by immersion, into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, on a profession of repentance and faith in order to enter into church membership.

(Acts 2:37-47)

The Lord’s Supper is a privilege of local church membership and is administered under the discipline and pastoral care of the local church.

(1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Acts 2:37-47)

We believe that the local church is under the authority of Christ alone. A local church is administered by the officers (pastors/elders and deacons) of that church. Under the congregational principle of church order, church members gather to seek the Lord’s mind on matters relating to church life and ministry. Christ gifts both men and women for service in the local church, with only men teaching the gathered church and, where
they are qualified as set out in Scripture, holding the office or function of pastor/elder.

(1 Corinthians 1:1-3; Galatians 1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Revelation 2-3)
1644 36-38, 47; 1689 26-27; 1853 13; 1966 7]

What we believe about mission

We believe in local churches associating together in fellowship and mission. Local churches express the unity of the body of Christ with other churches by mutual love, care, and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel. It is the responsibility and privilege of each local church to be obedient to Christ’s Commission to go into all the world, starting in its local area, and preach the gospel to all people, seeking to disciple and baptise believers, establishing them in local churches.

(Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 15:20-21)
1644 24, 25; 1689 20, 26; 1853 6; 1966 7]


1644 refers to The First London Baptist Confession 1644.
1689 refers to The Baptist Confession of Faith 1689.
1853 refers to The Hampshire Confession of Faith 1853.
1966 refers to The Baptist Affirmation of Faith 1966.