About Us

Original Church Congregation

Original Church Congregation

Our Mission

"Leading the Terrace to Jesus"
 

Our History

Founded in 1953, with 9 members, R.T.B.C. has been a faithful witness to the Raymond Terrace community for more than 60 years.

A member of the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT, the fellowship has grown from humble beginnings to enjoying a proud history of worship and ministry.

The church has been in its current facilities since 1994 and has planted churches in Nelson Bay (1968) and Medowie (1983).

 
 

Support that lasts a Lifetime!

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Original Church Building 1954

Original Church Building 1954

Gwenda Torrens and Pastor Shane at current church facility. Port Stephens Examiner photo celebrating Diamond Anniversary of R.T.B.C.

Gwenda Torrens and Pastor Shane at current church facility. Port Stephens Examiner photo celebrating Diamond Anniversary of R.T.B.C.

A Church for Today

Today, R.T.B.C continues to be a vibrant faith community seeking to honour God and serve the community. There are a wide number of ministries that seek to meet the needs of children and youth, young adults and families as well as seniors. R.T.B.C. is committed to a number of community enrichment programs as well as mission programs nationally and internationally.
Theologically, R.T.B.C. appeals to a "middle of the road" conservative mind, adopting a high view of Scripture, a desire to know God's Word, with a form that encourages individuals to explore their faith and utilise spiritual gifting as guided by the Holy Spirit.
Our balanced worship style offers a variety of contemporary and traditional music that appeals to all ages. The Lord's Supper is observed weekly.

What we Believe

As a constituent of the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT, this Church acknowledges the Statement of Beliefs of the Association.

The Scriptures

We believe that the Old and New Testaments, being the completed canon of 66 books, are God’s revelation given through men and directed by the Holy Spirit. These Scriptures as originally given are verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and stand free from error in any and all parts. They are the final and supreme authority. (1Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

The Doctrine of God

We believe that God is spirit, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – and these three are of one essence, and equal in power and glory, therefore to be honoured and worshipped equally as true God. God is above and separate from his creation, yet active in it as preserver. (Genesis 1;1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24)

  1. The Father

We believe that God is the author of one eternal plan that includes all things and he is directing this plan to glorify himself. Although God is creator of the universe and the human race, he is the spiritual Father only of those who receive Jesus Christ by faith. (John 1:12; Romans 8:28, 30; 1 Corinthians 8:6, 15:24-28; Ephesians 1:3-13)

  1. The Son – Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is eternal and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born a man by the virgin birth, sinless in nature and action. He voluntarily gave his life in substitutionary death on the cross for our sins and in the same body was raised from the dead. He appeared in his glorified body then ascended to the father as our Mediator to continue forever as true God and true man. He will come again, first to receive from the earth his own and then to establish his righteous kingdom upon the earth. (Matthew 28:6; Luke 1:35; John1:1, 14:3; Acts 15:14-16; Hebrews 2:14, 4:15; 1 Peter 2:24)

  1. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is eternal and infinite. Though active in creation, revelation and enablement of Old Testament saints, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost by the Father and the Son to take up his abode in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; regenerates all believers; baptises all believers into the body of Christ; seals believers until the day of redemption; indwells all who are saved; bestows spiritual gifts upon the members of Christ’s body according to his own will; and controls for guidance, power and sanctification those among the saved who are yielding to him and subject to his will. The church does not accept the teaching that the exercise of any particular gift is mandatory as a sign of receiving or of being filled with the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:2; 1 Samuel 16:13; John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6;19, 12:11, 13; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5)

Creation

We believe that the creation of the world was a supernatural act of God by which he brought the universe and all that it contains into existence in six successive 24 hour days through the mediation of Jesus Christ and the operation of the Holy Spirit. Man is the direct creation of God – spirit, soul and body – not in any sense the product of animal ancestry, but made in the divine image. The Genesis account is the trustworthy, historical record of creation. (Genesis 1:1, 2, 26, 27, 31, 2:7; Exodus 20:9, 11; Colossians 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Man

We believe that man was originally sinless and in perfect fellowship with God, but when tempted by Satan he sinned by disobeying God’s revealed will. This act of rebellion resulted in separation from God and in physical death. All members of the human race are born in sin and are sinners by nature and practise. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23, 5:12)

We believe that at death every believer consciously and immediately enters into the presence and fellowship of the Lord to wait for the physical resurrection and glorification of his body at Christ’s return. The believer will thus enjoy life eternal with God – fellowshipping, serving, and worshipping him forever (2Corinthians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58; Luke 23:39-43; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 3:16; Revelation 21-22)

We believe that at death every unbeliever consciously and immediately enters into separation from the Lord to wait for the physical resurrection of his body to everlasting condemnation, judgment, and punishment. (Luke 16:19-31; John 3:18, 36; Revelation 20:5, 11-15; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, offered to us on the basis of Christ’s substitutionary death for sin on the cross. The sinner is justified and reconciled to God, not through any personal merit but solely on the basis of God’s gracious gift of salvation in Jesus Christ received through faith alone. This salvation contains within itself deliverance from the guilt and penalty of sin, a perfectly righteous standing before God, the provisions for victory over the power of sin, and the promise of the future glorification in God’s presence. (John 3:14-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 2:11-14)

Family

We believe that the ultimate purpose in living is to glorify God and to attain eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, beginning within our own families and then reaching out to a suffering humanity that does not know of His love and His sacrifice. We believe that the institution of marriage is a permanent, life-long relationship regardless of trials, sickness, financial reverses, or emotional stresses that may ensue. We believe that children are a gift of God, a heritage from the Lord. We are therefore accountable to God for moulding, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to God and their fellow men. We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significant in all its dimensions, including the aged, the widowed, the mentally retarded, the unattractive, the physically handicapped, and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave, including the unborn.

Marriage

Definition of Marriage

“Marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life.”

In Genesis chapter 2 of the Bible, God declares it is not good for Adam (the first man) to live alone. All the animals are there, but none of them are a suitable partner for Adam. God, therefore, in a special act of creation, makes a woman. Just a few verses later, the woman is called “his wife” (Genesis 2:25). Eden was the scene of the first marriage, ordained by God Himself. The author of Genesis then records the standard by which all future marriages are defined: “A man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Since God ordained sex to only take place between a married couple, it follows that God’s design is for the family unit to be formed when a man and woman come together in a sexual relationship and have children.

There is no passage in the Bible that mentions a marriage involving anything other than a man and a woman. To affirm same sex marriage would mean affirming conduct that is contrary to God’s standard for marriage and approval of a lifestyle that the Bible defines as sinful (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The Church

We believe that the Church is composed of all those who by faith have been united to the risen and ascended Son of God. The Church, which is completely distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the Rapture. All believers in this age, regardless of race or gender, are baptised by the Holy Spirit into Christ at conversion and so become one spiritual body of which Christ is the Head. The members of this Church are encouraged to assemble in local Churches for worship, instruction in the Word, fellowship, prayer and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. The commission of Christ to His Church is to communicate the Gospel to all people. (Matthew16:18, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1Corinthians 11:23-26, 12:12; Ephesians 1:21-23, 4:3-10; Hebrews 10:25.)

Christian Responsibility

We believe that the Christian is to glorify God in personal conduct in relation to his family, his vocation, his neighbour, and his government. He fulfils this responsibility as he submits to the Lordship of Christ and obeys the Scriptures by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians6:19,20;Philippians 2:5-11; Titus 2:11-14.)

Spiritual Gifts

We believe that spiritual gifts are divinely given and sovereignly distributed by the Holy Spirit to every member of the body of Christ. The purpose of these gifts is to glorify God and to edify the Church to fulfil its divinely appointed task. There are gifts given to enable every believer to share in the ministry of edification and growth of the Church. Revelation is not ongoing, tongues are neither the sign of the baptism of the Spirit nor of spirituality, and Christ's atonement does not demand physical healing. The exercise of spiritual gifts must always be consistent with Scripture.      

(1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Peter 2:24, 4:10, 11.)

The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ

At the end of this age, according to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally to receive his Church and take it to heaven, and following the tribulation return visibly in His all glory to the earth to rule for 1000 years. The full consummation of the Kingdom of God awaits His return.

(John 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1Corinthians 15).

The Resurrection of the Dead

At the end of the age, there is to be a resurrection both of the righteous and the unrighteous. After death the bodies of men return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God if they are believers or enter hell if they have rejected Jesus Christ as Saviour – the righteous to be with Him and the unrighteous to be reserved for the judgment. The first resurrection occurs at the Rapture of the Church where believers receive glorified bodies reunited with their spirit. The second resurrection occurs at the Great White Throne of Judgment where unbelievers experience a resurrection unto judgment.

(1Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:5,6,12-15)

Rewards and Punishment in a Future State

God has appointed a day of judgment for all mankind. At that time Jesus Christ will judge every man and each will receive reward or punishment according to his deeds. Those who are believers, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their rewards for service at the Judgment Seat of Christ and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. At the Great White Throne of Judgment, the unrighteous will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the place of everlasting punishment.

(Romans 14:10-12, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 9:24-27, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Ephesians 6:8, Revelation 20:11-15)

Baptism

This Church recognises as Baptism only that which is administered by the total immersion in water of the person baptised, on their profession of repentance towards God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and upon application being made by the candidate. Candidates applying for baptism will, after a period of instruction prior to baptism, be extended an offer for Church Membership.

The Lord's Supper

The Lord’s Supper is a requirement of the Lord Jesus Christ instituted by Him to be celebrated with the elements of bread and wine by believers in Christ until the end of the age. It commemorates and declares our thanks for the Lord’s substitutionary death. The celebration of the ordinance expresses our fellowship with and in the Lord Jesus Christ as members of the Body of which He is the Head. The Ordinance of the Lord's Supper shall be observed ordinarily on each Sunday Morning. All true followers of our Lord shall be welcome at the Lord's Table.