European Baptist Statement of Identity

1. We are part of the whole, world-wide Christian Church and we confess faith in One God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

2. We affirm the need for personal faith in Jesus Christ and for discipleship in his likeness.

3. Our final authority in faith and practice is Jesus Christ, as revealed in the Scriptures and present among his people through the Holy Spirit.

4. We recognise the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the primary authority for knowing God's revelation in Christ.

5. We understand the Church to be a fellowship of believers, sharing the table of the Lord.

6. We practice baptism, for believers only, into the Body of Christ.

7. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of each local congregation to discover the purpose of Christ for its own life and work.

8. We affirm the "priesthood of all believers", in which all members of the church are called to ministry; but some are called to exercise spiritual leadership, which is always to be understood as serving.

9. We believe that the mutual commitment expressed in baptism and in membership of the local church should lead to wider partnerships between churches wherever possible.

10. We believe that every Christian disciple is called to witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and that the Church as a part of God's Kingdom is to share in the whole mission of God in the world.

11. We affirm the need to preserve freedom of conscience, and so we accept differences among us.

12. We stand for the separation of church and state, rooted in the sole lordship of Christ and concern for religious liberty.

13. As Christian believers, we live in hope of the final appearing of Christ in glory, and the transforming of all creation.

This is an abstract from a fuller statement approved by the European Baptist Federation Council in September 1992.

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