Te Awamutu Baptist Church, located in 106 Teasdale St, Te Awamutu. Welcomes everyone from all walks of life to come to our Sunday Morning Services 10:15am-12:00pm. We invite you to stay for a cuppa after the service, have a chat and get to know one another.
Statement of Faith for Te Awamutu Baptist Church.
‘We believe in one God who is eternal and who created all things. We believe in the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We believe God is totally loving and completely holy. We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and his purpose for our lives, and that Jesus Christ is the only one who can reconcile us to God. Jesus lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove his victory and empower us in this life. We believe that in order to be found in Christ, and be reconciled we must repent of our sins and receive complete forgiveness, followed by a commitment to live by God’s will. Through that process, we believe we will gain as a gift eternal life with God. We believe that the Bible is God’s word, and that it is applicable to our everyday lives through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that God has equipped us through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit so we can achieve his purpose for our lives as a witness and foretaste to the world of his great love. That purpose is demonstrated through our worship to him, our role in the Church as his gathered community and our service to the wider community in which we live. We believe that God wants and wills to transform us so that we can live generous lives in order to help others. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will one day return in power and glory.’
An Interview with Pastor Simon Alexander; Te Awamutu Baptist Church.
If I was asked the question, what is the Church at TABaptist all about? I would say, come and have a look. What it is that I see in everyday people’s lives that come to TABaptist is a community where the broken find wholeness, the sick find healing, the lonely find a sense of belonging, the poor find empowerment, and the lost find salvation. After all that is the testimony of many who come here week after week. In a nut shell this describes a community under the umbrella of Jesus Christ, and I think we are doing okay with this. What is our purpose? That’s simple; to reach our community with our hearts, not our theology, but our hearts. In fact that is our theology; our hearts reflect the love of Jesus that in turn reflects God’s love for the world. How do we do that? Three things spring to mind. Word, Sign and Deed; we build the community around the authority of God’s word by the empowering Holy Spirit, we reach outside ourselves in faith for the Signs of his presence in our lives, and we intentionally focus ourselves on the marginalized, the outcasts and the needy that are all around us. How would you define your church? Firstly, it’s not mine, it’s Jesus’ church, and it belongs to the community who call on his name that choose to gather here week after week. As a description of how that community functions I think I would best describe it as a place where everyone is welcome to come, where grace is really the foundational quality we live by, and where we want to grow into being all that God wants from us, individually and corporately. At the front of this is our mission, to reach into our community first and foremost with our hearts. To close, if you had to label yourselves, what would that be? Well, we are a Redemptive Community who passionately love Jesus, and all he stands for. Which funny enough are those inside and outside the doors of the church.