West Row

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About Us

Our Beliefs

The Holy Scriptures contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the only rule or standard that God has given the churches to govern all matters of faith and practise.

As its subordinate standard, West Row Baptist Church recognises the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. For more information regarding this, please click the title above.

Our Statement of Faith is as follows: -

1. God

There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in His holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator; Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory.

2. The Bible

God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.

3. The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please Him.

4. The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all His words are true. On the cross He died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by His blood. He rose from the dead and in His resurrection body ascended into heaven where He is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for His people in the presence of the Father.

5. Salvation

Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in His love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

6. The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply His work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

7. The Church

The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.

8. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into His Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.

9. Marriage

Sexual intimacy is a gift from God and is to be enjoyed exclusively within the context of marriage. Marriage is, by definition, heterosexual and between one man and one woman. Marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his Church.

10. The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.

Pastor's Page

Pastor Evan King was born in South Africa and completed his schooling and university education there.  Having worked in a number of roles in the consultancy industry at various global locations he felt the calling to the ministry to serve the Lord as pastor of West Row Baptist Church.

For more details concerning Pastor Evan King, click the Pastor's Page title above.

Church Leadership

West Row Baptist Church has been led by Pastor Evan King since July 2010.  He is assisted by fellow elders Richard Taylor and Martin Bedford.

They are responsible for the spiritual oversight direction, vision and teaching within the Church.

The Deacons support the Eldership in all administrative and material matters of the Church, according to the Biblical principles  defined in 1 Timothy 3.  Serving deacons are Neil Green, Mark Johnson, Mick Padgett and Barrie Taylor.

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Constitution

This is not our Church, or any man or woman's Church, this is the Church of Jesus Christ that He promised He would build and the gates of hell won't stop (Matt. 16:18).  He is the Chief Cornerstone, we are simply the living stones being built upon it, but there is a need and necessity to have order, clarity and not chaos.  Paul wrote that "all things should be done decently and in order".

Some people might not even be aware that as a Church we have a Constitution.  It is a set of guidelines that indicates the guidance, principles, procedures and expectations that the Church follows.

For more details concerning the West Row Baptist Church Constitution, click the title above.