The Lordship of Christ
" Jesus is Lord" is our confession of faith as we seek to make Jesus Lord of every aspect of our life. This response is made in the light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, through which God has reconciled us to himself and given us eternal life.
The Authority of the Bible
The basis of our faith is the Bible, which Baptists believe is the inspired word of God. Since the Bible shows us God's way for living, we seek to base our lives on its teaching.
On the basis of the New Testament, we claim that baptism is for those who put their trust in Jesus and acknowledge him as Lord. As a symbol of Jesus' claim on their lives, Baptists practice baptism by total immersion, in which candidates express their readiness to die to self and live for Christ. Click on the link in the heading to see a recent baptism.
A Believers' Church
We understand the church as a community of those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ and who gather together for worship, witness and service.
The Priesthood of all Believers
In the Baptist church, there is no priest who stands between God and the congregation: all believers experience the presence of God in their lives through the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ. Every member of the church also has a role to play, whether in teaching, faith-sharing, social action, pastoring, guiding, serving, prophetic insight, praying, healing, administration or hospitality.
The Church Meeting
Our expression of the "priesthood of all believers" is the church meeting. This is the occasion when members come together prayerfully, to discern God's will for their fellowship. In Baptist churches the final authority rests not with the minister or deacons, but with the members gathered in church meetings under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Missionary Task
William Carey, who is known as the father of the modern missionary movement, was himself a Baptist, and we believe that each Christian has a duty to share their faith with others. Along with this emphasis on evangelism, we recognise that mission necessarily includes social action and so involves promoting justice, social welfare, healing, education and peace in the world.
Soup Hub Lunch
During the summer, why not join us for a Toastie at Soup Hub, every Thursday lunchtime from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Church Hub following the Coffee Hub. With lovely fresh toasted sandwiches, all are welcome to come and lunch together. Donations towards the cost are invited.
The picture of Alison serving soup in the Soup Hub kitchen shown above is the one that has also been used to illustrate the article featuring her in the Baptist Unions' Together Magazine. The summer edition of this thrice yearly publication is available to read online or for free download from the Baptists Together website by following the link here, and may be purchased as a paper copy to be sent to you in the good old postal system. There are lots of other interesting and thought provoking articles to read, and if you are lucky you may also be able to borrow one of the church copies.
Our pages and links
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Little Sparks Parent and Toddler Group is every Tuesday at 10:00 during school term time. See the poster on our home page for details and download a copy to print off and put somewhere handy to remind you. Note that Alison also has a new phone number 07741 737351.
A short video clip of Darren's baptism may be viewed here and on our baptism page. The clip shows Darren's testimony and baptism.
Tool Box Project
Do you have any spare tools or craft items? We are collecting them for Tools With a Mission. See the list on our Tool Box Project page for details of what we currently need.
Can you knit, crochet or sew?
The Springfield Stitchers need help with various charity projects. If you would like to help or, if you would like to learn to knit, crochet or sew, or if you have unwanted wool or haberdashery (buttons, zips, thread, fabric, sewing machines) please pop along to find out more.
The Springfield Stitchers meet at “The Coffee Hub” every Thursday 9.30 till 12.00 at Springfield Park Baptist Church. Contact Roger for more information.
As a church we believe in the power of prayer and that it makes a difference in situations and circumstances. We are part of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, joining with Christians from across our City to pray for the things God lays on our hearts. Please follow this link for more information about how you and your church can get involved: https://chelmsford24-7.org/. Plans for the near future at Springfield Park involve the setting up of a new prayer space and prayer walks around our local area. Watch this space for developments.
Come to our coffee drop-in on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 12 noon. All welcome for free coffee, tea and a chat.
From our Foreign Correspondent
See an account of John Lancasters latest visit to India here.
Follow Johns mission trips to India and see more pictures of the people and places he visits by joining Johns mission trip to India on Facebook.
See more from SPBC on Facebook.
- Sunday, August 19, 2018
- Wednesday, August 22, 2018
- Thursday, August 23, 2018
- Sunday, August 26, 2018
- Monday, August 27, 2018
- Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you have an event to add to the diary please email us the details.