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What we believe

We believe that people were created to know, enjoy and honour God. We believe that as we do this, we show how great He is. So glorifying God in this way is really our highest purpose in life. That’s why our vision as a church is:

to bring glory to God by showing
the supremacy and worth of Jesus Christ

Who was Jesus? He was a real, historic person who lived in the Middle East at the turn of the first millennium. He was fully man – and he was also fully God. When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He paid the price of our sin and brought us back into relationship with God. Because of this, we believe that life, the universe and everything finds its answer in Him. Which is why our mission as a church is:

to help people to know and follow Jesus

Because of Jesus, we’re able to live well. We have meaning and significance: no matter how the markets perform, whatever news we receive from the doctor or however our relationships turn out. So we need to learn more about Him, trust Him and deepen our relationship with Him. That’s why our strategy as a church is:

to speak and apply God’s Word prayerfully in the power of the Holy Spirit

We believe that God’s Word, the Bible, transforms people, situations and circumstances. It’s true, reliable and trustworthy. So we want to help people to hear the message of the Bible, to believe it and, relying on God’s help, to apply it to their whole lives.

Reach Out, Step Up, Build Up, Send Out

The life and activities of LBC are organised around four areas. Together they form a kind of framework, which helps us to put all our values into practice. They also remind us how those values flow through every aspect of our church life:

Reach Out is about making a difference to our community by showing how Jesus brings us confidence and security in all of life.
Step Up is about responding to Christ’s message of good news.
Build Up seeks to help people to trust and follow Him in every area of life.
Send Out aims to train people for service and evangelism.

As you browse this website, you’ll notice that almost everything we do fits into one of these four areas. You’ll see that they’re about helping people to move on in their journey of faith and each is designed to help someone take a next step. They’re simply a useful guide to the thinking and values that go into each portion of church life.

Our friends in the wider church

Lymington Baptist Church is part of a wider family of some 2,500 Baptist Churches around the country, the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB). We’re members of the Evangelical Alliance, which is a network of Bible-believing organisations, churches and individuals who are committed to transforming our society with the love and power of Jesus. For more than 170 years it has been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. The EA works across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and through thousands of individual members. We also enjoy friendship and fellowship with other churches from different traditions in the local area.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

What else does LBC believe?

Read this Basis of Faith statement, produced by our friends at the Evangelical Alliance.

What does being a Christian look like?

See our introduction to the Christian faith.

Mark Greene LICC

LBC has been a great source of inspiration to me and the team at LICC. I have just loved every interaction we've had and been so encouraged by the people I've met, seeking to be Jesus' people in so many diverse contexts. I still have the picture of the front of the church on Plough Sunday with everything from Nordic walking sticks to a lens-shaped mug for a photo-buff to a dauntingly high pile of schoolbooks awaiting to be marked...