What we believe

Thornhill Baptist Church is an independent baptist church.

The members of the church are baptised believers agreeing together to worship and witness in our community.

A statement of our core beliefs can be found here.

At the heart of the Christian faith is the fact of the sending of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to live and die for others. He was sent to live the life we ought to have lived and to die the death we deserve to die. At the Cross He took the place of others and bore the punishment from God that they deserved.

It is when we stop trying to make amends for our sin, and place ourselves safely in His hands as Saviour that we are ready to begin to live as true believers, joined in friendship and fellowship with others of like mind, and serving our community with kindness and care.

There are 5 teachings which distinguish true Christianity from all errors. They are the five pillars of the Christian Faith, and are:

Faith. Salvation from the guilt and power of sin is through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing that the non-Christian can do can remove or make amends before God for the smallest sin. Therefore salvation is by grace, through faith and not owing to anything anyone can do for themselves or for others.

Atonement. Since there is nothing we can do to remove our own sin, God has provided another way. The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world and lived the life we ought to have lived, in perfect obedience to God. This sinless and righteous life was offered at Calvary as an atoning sacrifice to  pay the penalty for sin. All who, in repentance of their sins, trust in Christ, are therefore immediately and completely forgiven all their sins. This atonement is complete and delivers the worst of sinners from the greatest measure of everlasting punishment.

Inspiration. The word of God, contained in the Old and New Testaments, are the only rule of our faith and conduct. God gave the scriptures by inspiration so that when written they were without error in whatever area they spoke, and He has preserved them through history so that when they are translated for us to read we may confidently say we are reading the very Word of God.

Trinity. There is only one true and living God, and He has revealed that He is a Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  All His attributes exist in all their perfections in each Person of the Trinity, and yet there are not three gods, but one. The Father has chosen, the Son has redeemed, and the Spirit is bringing to salvation all of God’s people. Their salvation is secure as it rests in the Person and promise of God.

Holiness. Christian believers have put away sin. They have been separated to a life of obedience and discipleship. This life is one of progress to maturity, and is not the work of a moment. The Christian receives grace to persevere in this path, and wherever there is a fall, God works to recover His child, so that he or she remains on this path throughout their life, and are then received to Heaven at their death.