Goedemoed Baptist Church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and
prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” (Eph 2:20)
We “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up in love as each part does its work”. (Eph 4:12,16b)
To love God, to love His people and to show His love to the lost in the community and abroad.
Preaching / Teaching
The Word of God is the most important aspect of the Ministry as the whole Ministry is built on God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father and our High Priest therefore we can come boldly before the throne of grace and make our requests known to Him corporately. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church and therefore we must ask Him for wisdom, guidance and strength to lead His church.
Isaiah 56:7 “For my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Worship affords us the opportunity corporately to glorify and praise God because He is worthy of our praise, honour and love. Worship leads us to the throne of grace, it opens our spiritual ears and eyes so that we can hear and understand God’s Word.
Psalm 95:1-2 reads, “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”
We would encourage believers to be part of a life group where they can build good relationships, care for one another, be equipped to minister to each other and together learn the truths of God’s word.
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Ministry of Care / Love / Compassion
Jesus did not only take care of people’s spiritual needs He also took care of their physical needs and He expects us to follow His example therefore we must take care of those within the body and outside of the body as the Lord leads us.
Matthew 25:34-36 reads, “Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Evangelism / Missions
Jesus did not ask us to spread the gospel – He commanded us. Therefore we must obey our Lord and share the good news both locally and internationally.
Matthew 28:19-20 reads, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
- In the sixty-six books of the Bible which make up the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments – in their original writings as fully inspired of God, inherent and infallible, and accept them as the supreme and final authority by which all human conduct, faith, creeds and opinions should be tried. (1 Thess.2:13; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 1 Peter 1:21).
- In one God eternally existing in three persons, co-equal in essence, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Exodus 3:14; Matt. 28: 19-20; Mark 12:32; John 8:58; Acts 5:3,4; 1 Tim. 2:5; James 2:19; 2 Peter 1:17)
- That Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:2635; 1 Tim. 2:5; Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
- That God created man in His own image; that men sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of death, physical and spiritual, and that all human beings inherit a sinful nature, which issues in actual transgression involving personal guilt. (Gen. 1:27; ch.3)
- That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; 1 Tim. 2:3-6′ 1 Peter 1:18-19)
- In the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present life as our High Priest and Advocate. (Matt. 24:1-8; Luke 24:50; Acts 1:9; Heb. 7:24-25; 1 John 2:1)
- In the personality of the Holy Spirit; His regenerating work, demonstrating the evidence of grace in a believer and His abiding presence in the true believer. (Acts 8:29; 10:19; Eph. 4:30).
- That all who repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ trusting Him for salvation, demonstrate faith and are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. (John 1:10-13; Acts 2:36 -39)
- That all Christians are called to a life of obedience, holiness, service, worship and devotion to God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:23; 1 Peter 1:15-16)
- In the bodily resurrection both the righteous and the unrighteous, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal banishment for those who have ignored or rejected the offer of salvation. (Luke 24:39; John 20:24-29; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15, 1 Cor. 15:23)
- That the one true Church is the whole company of those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour, been redeemed by Him and regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and that the local church on earth should take its character from this conception of the Church spiritual, and therefore, that the new birth and a personal testimony which confesses Jesus Christ as Lord are essentials of Church membership. (Eph. 5:25-27)
- In the priesthood of all believers. (1 Peter 2:4,5,9)
- That the Lord Jesus Christ appointed two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper – to be observed as acts of obedience and as a perpetual witness to the cardinal facts of the Christian faith. That Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water as a confession of identification with Christ in burial and resurrection, and that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine as symbolical of the Saviour’s broken body and shed blood, in remembrance of His sacrificial death till His return. (1 Cor. 11:23-29; Matt. 28:19-20)
- In the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:1-4; Acts 1:11)
- We believe that God has sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman, therefor we believe in heterosexual relationships between a natural man and a natural woman within the confines of lawful matrimony. Adherence to this stated principle of sexual behaviour is an inherent requirement for membership with the Goedemoed Baptist Church.
- The CHURCH as the whole company of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. In the local church, being a manifestation of the universal church, is a community of believers in a particular place where the Word of God is preached and the ordinances of Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are observed. It is fully autonomous and remains so notwithstanding responsibilities it may accept by voluntary association.
- BELIEVERS’ BAPTISM as an act of obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and a sign of personal repentance, faith and regeneration; it consists of the immersion into water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- The principle of CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT, namely that a constituted church meeting is, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the highest court of authority for the local church; and that each individual member has the inalienable right and responsibility to participate fully in the life and government of the church, including the appointment of its leaders.
- The PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS, by which we understand that each Christian has direct access to God through Christ our High Priest, and shares with Him in His work of reconciliation. This involves intercession, worship, faithful service and bearing witness to Jesus Christ, even to the end of the earth.
- The principle of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, namely, that no individual should be coerced either by the State or by any secular, ecclesiastical or religious group in matters of faith. The right of private conscience is to be respected. For each believer this means the right to interpret the Scriptures responsibly and to act in the light of his conscience.
- The principle of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE in that, in the providence of God, the two differs in their respective natures and functions. The Church is not to be identified with the State nor is it, in its faith or practice, to be directed or controlled by the State. The State is responsible for administering justice, ensuring an orderly community, and promoting the welfare of its citizens. The Church is responsible for preaching the Gospel and for demonstrating and making known God’s will and care for all mankind.
- Any change within the church structure or organisation, which is in conflict directly or indirectly with one or more of the stated Baptist Principles will be invalid unless approved by at least 90% of the members present and entitled to vote at a duly constituted Special Church meeting of which at least three months’ notice has been given.