What we believe

The Bible is God’s word to us

We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and that it is the infallibe and true word of God. All the teaching at Burnham Community church is based on the Bible, and is in line with what it says. 

There is one true God, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

We believe that God is the one true God, made up of three parts, God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit, that these are three in one. We believe that there are no other God's aside from the triune God.

Jesus is the Son of God

We believe that Jesus is the son of God, concieved of the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary and born fully man and fully God. We believe that Jesus is the fulfilment of prophecy and that He is Messiah. 

Salvation is God’s free gift to us through the death and resurrection of His Son

We believe that God's son Jesus gave His life willingly as the payment for our sins. By His blood, shed on the cross he was made the atoning sacrifice that allowed us to be reconciled to God. We did nothing to deserve the gift of salvation, it was freely given out of God's love for us and desire to have relationship with us. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation, but we can recieve it simply by asking God and turning away from our sinful ways, accepting Jesus as our Saviour.

The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian from salvation

After accepting Jesus as our personal saviour, the Holy Spirit dwells in each of us. We believe that upon recieving the Holy Spirit we are free to operate in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills 

Baptism in Water

We believe in full immersion baptisms, this is symbolic of dying to the old self, being washed clean, and rising in our new spiritually cleansed self. This is done as an adult, after accepting Jesus as you personal saviour. Baptism is a public declaration of your beliefs and your trust in God as you Saviour.

Infant and Child Dedication 

We encourage parents of young children and babies to dedicated them to God. Dedication means that a childs parent(s) promise to bring their child up in God's way, teaching them of who God is and about the truths of the Bible, trusting God to guide and lead them and their child as they grow up. We do this so that they are aware of God and may one day choose to accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and enter into a personal relationship with God when they are old enough to understand for themselves.

 

If you have any questions about what we believe, or would like to talk about any other subject we would be happy to talk with you. Please get in touch via the contact us link below.