That all people in Mackay will come to hear
the Good News of Jesus Christ, be saved, and baptised in water; being transformed into a new creation in Christ, and born into the family of God.
Love God. Love People. Make Disciples.
- The Lordship of Jesus Christ. Christians everywhere confess that Jesus is Lord. The life and practices of Queensland Baptist Churches affirms the sole and exclusive Lordship of Christ. No other authority should be permitted to usurp Christ’s position as Lord of all.
- The authority of Scriptures. The Bible, as the true record of God’s revelation, is the supreme written authority for our faith and practice.
- Regenerate church membership. Baptist churches consist only of believers, those born anew by the Holy Spirit, who have freely responded to serve God together.
- Believer’s baptism by immersion. Being a believer’s church, Queensland Baptists affirm that baptism is for believers only and that full immersion is the appropriate mode for baptism.
- The ministry of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the one Holy Spirit in the life of every believer draws believers together into a community of faith. The Spirit is the source of spiritual gifts which brings vitality to worship and mission.
- The priesthood of all believers. There is no intermediary between God and humanity except Jesus Christ. Baptists believe that every believer is called upon to fulfil the ministry of the church, to worship God and bear witness to His good news.
- Congregational church government. Each local church has the freedom and responsibility to conduct its own ministry. Whilst affirming the place of leaders to guide, the local Baptist congregation has the final authority, under Christ, for the life and mission of the church.
- Servant Leadership. Queensland Baptists will exhibit a strong commitment to developing, identifying, installing, and releasing, visionary, gifted, anointed, godly, servant leadership; who whilst leading, still are accountable to God through the Church Meeting.
- Liberty of conscience. Baptists accept that no one can coerce a person to believe; no one can force a church to accept a creed. Central to the Baptist identity is a strong commitment to total religious freedom.
- Diversity of practice. Queensland Baptists exhibit a strong commitment to diversity of practice and methodology in ministry between churches believing that this allows for congregational creativity, expression of unique personality, matching of local needs and resources, and the possibility of mutual enrichment.
- Evangelical Christian doctrine. Queensland Baptists exhibit a strong commitment to evangelical Christian doctrine, and to evangelisation of all people in obedience to the Word of God.
- There is one God, who is creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally exsisting in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is Lord, truly God and truly man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- The Holy Spirit is truly God, exercises his present ministry of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, bringing sinners to repentance, faith and new birth, and indwelling believers to empower them for ‘Christian Living’.
- The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, the final authority for all Christian faith and life.
- All people are created in the image of God, but are now in a fallen state because of sin.
- Salvation is available to all who acknowledge their sin and seek forgiveness. Salvation is a free gift, freely available because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ and his resurrection.
- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances of the Church.
- The Lord Jesus Christ will return in bodily form to the earth.
- There will be a resurrection of the dead; the believer to everlasting blessing in God’s presence and the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting punishment.