Ettalong Baptist Church is a group of people who are passionate for Jesus Christ our Lord, and passionate for people. God our Father loves us so much he sent Jesus to be our Saviour. When we acknowledge our need for him and trust in him he gives us new life and fills us with his Holy Spirit.
Our Purpose is that as a church we will be “moving forward together in Christ’s steps.” We have illustrated this in the photo above.
Ø The photo is of footprints in the sand moving forward.
Ø The three large footprints represent the journey Christ is taking us on.
Ø The first two footprints show a small footprint within the large footprint. We walk in Christ’s steps.
Ø The last footprint reminds us that we are still moving forward directed by Christ.
Ø The cross features in the sand reminding us that it is Christ’s death and resurrection that are our strength.
For us community is about much more than 90 minutes on Sunday mornings. There’s something on in building every day of the week. See our activities page for our many weekly activities. We also have Crossroads Counselling Service, Peninsula Lighthouse, Jazzercise and many other community groups using our facilities each week.
We are committed to seeing people grow in following Jesus and so we run a number of Connect Groups through the week where people find support, teaching and friendship.
Our vision is reflected in Romans 15:
… May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God …
Our Vision Explained:
With this vision we Commit to unity both in our church and with other churches.
With this vision we commit to loving and serving the community without expecting anything in return.
With this vision we commit to using our resources (sometimes in quite radical ways) to openly proclaim the gospel of Christ, in word, deed, and with everything we do and have. Resources include our building, spiritual gifts, raising up and training leaders.
What We Believe:
About God: God is the loving creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead on the third day to demonstrate his power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and is preparing an eternal home with his Father for all those who follow him. He will return again in all his glory as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and take all his followers to be with himself. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:1-14, Acts 2:29-32, Ephesians 4:8-10, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
About The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Spirit gives every believer gifts for the building up of the church. The Christian seeks to live in his will daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
About People: People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people are created in God’s image, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates us from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
About Eternity: People were created to exist forever. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the guarantee that we will be resurrected. When Christ returns, those who believe in him will be raised in a new and glorified body to eternal life with God. Those who have rejected Christ will be raised to judgement for their sins and will be separate from God in eternity. Revelation 20 & 21; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-10; John 3:16; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:31-46
About Salvation: Salvation is a gift from God. People can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can people be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith and submits to his lordship. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
About Eternal Security: Because God gives a person eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About The Bible: The Bible is God’s word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
About Believers Baptism: Baptism by immersion is an ordinance given by Jesus Christ that symbolises his death, burial, and resurrection. It is a public declaration that the believer has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Baptism does not save, but shows the world that the believer has already been saved. While baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates the believers love and obedience to Christ. Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
About Communion: Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolise the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine are symbols of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer’s faith in the atoning work of the cross. Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29