Who we are
We are Lincoln Baptist Church.
We are based in Lincoln. We are involved in communities in and around Lincoln – from Prebbleton and Christchurch in the north, to Little River in the east, to Leeston in the south, and Burnham and Rolleston in the west.
We are a Baptist church. We are an independent church, in affiliation with over 240 others through the Baptist Union of New Zealand. This Union was founded through an act of parliament, the Baptist Union Incorporation Act of 1923, highlighting six key Baptist distinctives:
– that the Bible is our final authority,
– that Jesus is both God and human,
– that the cross of Jesus is how sin is paid for,
– that to be saved it’s all about Jesus,
– that church membership is for those saved by Jesus, and
– that biblical baptism is for believers by immersion.
We are a Church. The church isn’t a building, although we do own property. The word “church” comes from the Greek “ekklesia” which means “gathering” or “assembly.” We meet to celebrate who God is and what he’s done, just as millions of others do all over the world. We are one part of the worldwide church. Christians are in every country of the world and we are proud to stand with and alongside believers in hugely diverse contexts around the globe.
Our aim is to be a community church for the wider community.
Our mission is that together we will –
- Proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
- Teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- Respond to human need by loving service
- Seek to transform unjust structures of society
- Work with God in his care of creation and be trustworthy stewards of the life and resources of the earth.
Our Statement of Faith explains What We Believe.