Jesus was once asked, what is the greatest commandment? His reply was, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.”
As members and friends of Bromley Common Baptist Church we try to emulate and live out this teaching. We often fail of course; we are not perfect, but it is our desire to be the best version of ourselves that God calls us to be and to live, worship and work for him and his kingdom and make a difference where we are.
We believe that God is a God of infinite love and forgiveness and that; ‘every person is equally loved, a person of broken beauty loved by the One of unquenchable Love’. This truth defines us, and we are constantly amazed at the love of God in Christ Jesus, that we can all find forgiveness and acceptance through the cross. We are therefore reluctant to attach labels to anyone to describe their theological perspectives, as this can cause misunderstandings and foster discrimination.
Faith is always a journey of discovery, we will never know all the answers, and there is always still more truth and light to be revealed from God’s word. Sometimes we need to accept that faith is a ‘mystery’. It is a privilege to see the working of the Holy Spirit in our communities, and to be invited to share in God’s purposes for his world.
In all that we do Christ; ‘the Word become flesh’ is central. He is the blueprint and template of our lives. Everything we attempt for him is to be done in the power of the Holy Spirit and in our weakness. We are created in the image of God and all mission is God’s mission, deriving from the Trinitarian Godhead. We are therefore to seek to join him where he is already working not necessarily sticking to our traditional ministries.
We believe the Bible is the inspired, active, and living word of God; our guide in all matters of faith but it must be contextualized and reapplied for our own times. What did it mean for the first readers; what does it mean for us in the 21st century. Remember, if you take the text out of context you are left with a ‘con’.
We believe that both corporate and individual prayer and worship is vital to the health of any church, and it is important to us that our faith should make a real and lasting difference in peoples’ lives.
We encourage people to be the best versions of themselves they can be in Christ so that they can take their part in the work of the kingdom. We aspire to be a safe place of inclusivity, exploration, and trust; of accountability and vulnerability where people are valued and encouraged. As someone once said; ‘people were created to be loved and things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used’.
So do come and join us to find out more about us, yes, but more importantly to discover or rediscover the wonderful love that God has for the world, for humanity and for the whole of his creation.