The Baptist Union of Great Britain

Local churches are at the heart of what it means to be Baptist and all Baptist Churches are free to make their own decisions under God. However, from our earliest days, the importance of working together with other churches has been recognised. Indeed the New Testament makes it clear that Christians are called to live interdependently. Living in isolation is not an option. As Baptists we express our fellowship together at many different levels – regionally, nationally and internationally and this enormously enriches our life together.

Because of these core convictions we join both in the local regional Association and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Together we believe in the following declaration of principle:
  1. That our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, is the sole and absolute authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.
  2. That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ who 'died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried, and rose again the third day'.
  3. That it is the duty of every disciple to bear personal witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.

Gareth Garland, 27/12/2013