The principle fundamental pillars of the Church are its seeking to engage in Biblical worship, dynamic prayer meetings as the driving force of its activities; preaching and Bible studies based upon Reformed Theology as set forth in the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. In all of the ministries there is an expressed need of the Holy Spirit to lead, direct and energise every area of worship, prayer and service. We have our own distinctives in worship and prayer which we feel are God glorifying and based upon New Testament principles and reflect our spiritual development over the years.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
1. We believe in the one true and living God, in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, personal, omnipresent, eternal, dependent. on none, unchanging, truthful, trustworthy almighty; sovereign, omniscient, righteous, holy, good, loving, merciful, long-suffering and gracious and the Creator of all things.
2. We believe that Almighty God in His great goodness has revealed all that is necessary to life and salvation in the sixty-six books of the Old and the New Testament Scriptures which are the Word of God. All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is sufficient in all matters of faith and practice. Its authority is derived from its Author and not from the opinions of men.
3. We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright. He was appointed representative and head of the human race thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his obedience or disobedience to God’s commands.
4. We believe that Adam fell from his original righteousness into sin and brought upon himself and all his offspring death, condemnation and sinful nature.
5. We believe that Satan is a personal spirit, that he is opposed to God and to His purposes and that he has corrupted and enslaved man.
6.We believe it is utterly beyond the power of fallen man to know God, to love Him, to keep His laws, to believe the Gospel, to repent of sin or trust in Christ.
7. We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for His own glory did elect an innumerable host of men and women to eternal life as an act of free and sovereign grace. This election was in no way dependent upon his foresight of human faith, decision, works or merit
8. We believe that God so loved lost sinners that He sent his Son into the world, conceived of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, both God and man, born under the Law to live a perfect life.
9. We believe that God’s Son died at Calvary to effect propitiation, reconciliation, redemption and atonement for his elect people. God bore testimony to his acceptance of his Son’s work by raising him from the dead for our justification.
10. We believe that God’s Son ascended to the right hand of his Father and is enthroned in glory, where he intercedes on behalf of his people and rules over all things for their sake.
Regeneration and Salvation.
11. We believe that the Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. By the mystery of His all-powerful work those dead in sin are brought into spiritual life. They hear the call of God through His Word and are given the desire and ability to repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
Justified by God.
12. We believe the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ which is received by faith alone.
Perseverance of the Saints.
13. We believe that such as are regenerated, called and justified shall persevere in holiness and enter into the joys of heaven.
14. We believe in the necessity of baptism by immersion, on a profession of repentance and faith in order to enter into church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a privilege of church membership to be administered under the discipline of the local church.
Christs Authority over the church.
15. We believe that the local church is under the authority of Christ alone. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
16. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come again to judge all people, to raise the dead, both righteous and unrighteous, and that the righteous shall be glorified and enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.
17. We believe in church based mission-that it is the responsibility and privilege of the local church to be obedient to Christ’s Commission to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all mankind, seeking to disciple and baptise believers, establishing them into local churches.
A fuller expression of our Doctrinal position can be found in the 1689 Baptist Confession.
ELDERS AND DEACONS
A particular church, gathered and completely organized according to the mind of Christ, consists of officers and members; and the officers appointed by Christ to be chosen and set apart by the church (so called and gathered), for the peculiar administration of ordinances, and execution of power or duty, which he intrusts them with, or calls them to, to be continued to the end of the world, are bishops or elders, and deacons.—1689 Confession.
I was brought up to go to church but by the time I was twenty I was conscious that I had no personal knowledge of God. When I was twenty I asked the Lord Jesus to be my Saviour and came to rejoice in knowing Him. In 1963 I graduated from Glasgow University as an engineer and continued in that career till 1974 when with my wife Joyce and our two children (then 9 and 6 years old) I went to Brazil as a missionary. I served as assistant pastor in a Baptist Church in a little town 2000 miles up the Amazon. Returning to Scotland in 1978 I resumed work as an engineer. As an elder I was involved in preaching in our church and helping in others. On retiring in 1999 I had the opportunity, having previously learned French, to stand in for a missionary in the south of France for several weeks each year for a dozen years or so. It was also my privilege to visit Nigeria to speak at conferences for pastors there for many years. I count it a joy to now continue in ministry in our own church here.
Brought up on the west coast- Isle of Mull. Came to Glasgow in 1972. Witnessed to by a work colleague I went to Reformed Baptist church, heard the gospel and by the grace of God was saved. By way of a providential bonus the girl who witnessed to me is now my wife! We have two grown up children and one grandchild
Alan J. Macgregor was an Inspector in the Metropolitan Police, in London. He entered the Christian Ministry in 1991, following a three-year course in Theological Studies at the London Reformed Baptist Seminary, and served as the pastor of Wickford Reformed Baptist Church in Essex, until 2008. He is the author of Three Modern Versions, published by the Bible League, and also 400 Years On: How does the Authorised Version stand up in the 21st Century? Published by Vision Solutions NI. He moved to Glasgow in 2010, after the death of his first wife, and joined the Reformed Baptist Church, Anniesland. He remarried in 2014, and is currently one of the teaching elders at Anniesland.