Foundations of Faith

The Playford Baptist Church exists as a community of people, called from all age groups and backgrounds, who follow Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of their lives and who serve together to proclaim and demonstrate His grace. As such, the Church belongs to the great fellowship of believers through the centuries which traces its origins in the Church of the New Testament and which has expressed its beliefs through the great creeds of the faith. Within this framework of historic belief, the Church accepts the following as its foundations of faith:

  1. The Divine Inspiration and Supreme Authority of the Scriptures
    The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are accepted as the Divinely inspired Word of God, and stand as the supreme authority in all matters of belief and way of life, both for the Church and the individual Christian. The Church has the responsibility and necessity, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in fellowship with God's people, to interpret, preach and administer God's will in these matters according to the Scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 4:2.
  2. The Triune God
    There is one Almighty God, Who is the Creator and Sustainer, Redeemer and Judge of the Universe, revealed to us in Jesus Who is the prime revelation of God and the express image of His invisible Nature. In the Scriptures this God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:20; John 14:15; Acts 2:32-33; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
  3. The Fatherhood of God
    God is the Eternal Father of His Son, Jesus Christ and through creation, Father of the human race. Jesus, in His earthly life, claimed to be one with the Father and yet addressed His prayers to Him, so indicating both identity and distinction. God the Father is seen in Scripture as the fount of all authority, justice, love and grace. He accepts and cares for all, and stands in special relationship with those who believe in Jesus His Son, accepting them as members of His own family. 2 Corinthians 11:31; Acts 17:28; John 10:30; Matthew 26:39; John 20:17; Romans 4:11.
  4. The Deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ
    God has revealed His Nature and Being in Jesus Christ, Who came into this world, fully divine and fully human. Jesus Christ was God from the beginning, and through Him, all things were created. Having risen from the dead, Jesus now holds all authority in heaven and on earth. He is Lord of the Church and the Church seeks to live under His direction. At His return, all humanity will confess His Lordship. John 1: 1-3 and 14; Romans 1:4; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:22; Phil. 2:8-11.
  5. The Saving Work of Jesus Christ
    Jesus Christ gave His perfect life as an infinite sacrifice for the sin of the human race and to break the power of sin in the lives of believers. On the basis of what He has done, Jesus ensures that all who turn from sin and put personal faith in Him are assured of forgiveness and full access to God and the confidence of eternal life. Hebrews 10:12; Romans 1: 16-17; John 1:12; John 3:16.
  6. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
    The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the Father and the Son, to arouse conviction of sin and to inspire faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. He enables believers to enter new life in Christ and to live ongoing, godly lives, growing in likeness to the Saviour. He also equips believers with spiritual gifts - capacities for various kinds of service in the life of the Church. John 14:26; 15:26; 16:8 and 14; Titus 3:4-6; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and 11.
  7. The Church, God's Community
    All those who are turning from sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are part of God's Community, the Church. Believers in a local setting are called to share together as a community of faith, a fellowship which exists to share in the mission of God in the world. Members seek to nurture and encourage one another in spiritual understanding and godly living. All are of equal standing in the eyes of God and each is called to contribute to the mission of the Church through the use of varied spiritual gifts for service. 1 Corinthians 12:13 and 27; Romans 12:4-6; Hebrews 10:25.
  8. The Priesthood of all Believers
    All Members of the Church have a ministry and offer to God spiritual worship through the one Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is their High Priest in heaven. Together they have become a holy priesthood, declaring the praises of God and pointing unbelievers towards Jesus as the One True Saviour. They hold a priestly ministry of praying for one another and the world, but since Jesus alone provides access to God, no human being holds individual rights of priesthood on behalf of others. Hebrews 4:14; Revelation 5:9-10; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 2:5 and 9.
  9. Servant Leadership
    Through the gifting of the Holy Spirit, and for the welfare of all the Members, God provides leadership for Christ's Church. Such leaders are called to their role by God and confirmed by their fellow believers on recognition of their godly lives and the evidence of the Spirit's equipping for their task. Their roles of leadership may include preaching, teaching, oversight and administration of the Church. All leadership in the Church is to be exercised under the Lordship of Jesus and carried through with humility of spirit which reflects His own life of service. Luke 6:13; Acts 6:3; 1 Timothy 3:1-2 and 8-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3.
  10. Authority for Church Policy and Management
    Each individual Church is considered to be competent, under God, to manage its own affairs, making its own decisions through the prayerful agreement of the members. By this means, all members of the body have the opportunity to grow in faith and spiritual maturity as they engage in the process of making decisions of faith together. Day to day administration and leadership are normally entrusted to those who have been chosen to care for such matters, but such leaders are required to act in accordance with the principles and overall decisions reached by the gathered body of believers. Philippians 2:1-2; Acts 4:32; 6:3 and 5; 13:2; 15:28; Romans 12:2-3.
  11. The Voluntary Association of Churches
    Whilst each Church is seen as competent to manage its own affairs under God, this Church recognises that it is called, by Jesus Christ, to share in fellowship with other congregations of believers. In this way, the Church seeks to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and to work harmoniously with Christians everywhere in the world wide mission of the Church. In this shared fellowship the Church recognises a particular bond with those who hold similar faith and understanding. Acts 16:4; Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:14.
  12. Church Ordinances
    Two ordinances are practised by the Church in accordance with the instructions of Jesus:
    1. Baptism, where those who, in response to God's call, have turned from sin and trusted Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, are baptised into the death and resurrection of Christ, usually through the symbol of immersion in water in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In baptism, Jesus Christ shares with believers the grace of His renewing presence. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Romans 6:4
    2. The Lord's Supper, where believers proclaim and participate in the body and blood of Jesus Christ, symbolised by bread and wine. In the supper, Jesus Christ offers His presence and grace, and those who participate are renewed in faith, gratitude, discipleship and glad expectation of His return. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
  13. Freedom of Conscience
    Every human being has been given free will - the power of individual choice - even in matters of faith and religion. Freedom of conscience, therefore, is to be granted to all members of society to practise their religion, follow their beliefs, propagate their faith and worship without restriction of law. Whilst concerned to establish and maintain such freedom, Christians are persuaded that Jesus stands alone as "the Way, the Truth and the Life" and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. For Christians, freedom of conscience also expresses itself in the understanding that all believers have the liberty to interpret the Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in fellowship with God's people. Joshua 24:15; John 14:16; Acts 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:15.

Aims and Objectives
The Playford Baptist Church seeks to engage in the mission of God as it is revealed in the Scriptures, holding in focus the following Aims and Objectives:

  1. To proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, leading those who turn from sin and believe in Him for new life into Membership in the Church.
  2. To instruct people of all ages in the Word of God and its implications in daily living and to encourage and train believers in the use of their spiritual gifts and talents in the service of Jesus Christ.
  3. To engage in and encourage regular public worship of God.
  4. To create an environment where the love of Christ is expressed through mutual understanding and encouragement, justice and love, forgiveness and practical care, and to reflect those qualities into the world around us.
  5. To support the work of the wider fellowship of the Church through the Baptist Churches of South Australia, Baptist World Aid Australia, Global interAction and any other bodies and agencies which the Church deems appropriate.