International Baptist Church (IBC) is an evangelical church, which means we hold to the traditional teaching of the Christian Church, focusing on God’s love for all, shown to us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible to be God’s words to us and so we devote a large part of our time together studying it and applying its teaching to our lives. Because of this we believe that we should live lives worthy of God, shown through our lifestyle, our relationships with each other, other churches, and in the community.
We encourage everybody to respond personally to God’s offer of forgiveness and a new start, made possible by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and received through faith.
A distinctive feature of Baptist church life is the practice of believers’ baptism, when any who have come to faith are immersed in water as a sign of their new birth in Christ.
Our key beliefs
We believe wholeheartedly in the great truths of historic biblical Christianity:
- The “God-breathedness” of all Scripture and the final authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and life.
- The trinity of God and his sovereignty as creator, provider, savior and judge.
- The deity, virgin birth, perfect manhood, substitutionary atonement, physical resurrection, ascension to heaven and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The personality and deity of the Holy Spirit and the necessity of his regenerating and sanctifying work.
- Salvation by grace alone, received by faith alone.
- The church as a fellowship of the redeemed, the body of which Christ is the head.
- An eternity spent in the presence of God for believers, and eternal separation from God for unbelievers.
Statement of Faith IBC Brussels*
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.
Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 8:3-5; Mark 8:36-37: Matthew 22:37-38; Romans 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18-20.
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.
John 1:1-2, 14; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 1:27, 30-35; Hebrews 7:26; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 8:34.
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 the sins of those whom he calls, and who respond to him in repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Colossians 1:13-14; Romans 1:16- 17, 5:1, 8:1; John 1:12; 3:16, 36.
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.
John 16:14-15; 16:8; 3:5-8; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Romans 8:9, 15-17; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Galatians 5:22-26.
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.
Ephesians 5:25-28; Revelation 7:9-10; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 2:42, 47; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:4-6, 11-17.
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.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 18:7-9; Romans 6:3-4; Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Hebrews 10:11-12.
9. 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 for ever.
John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Acts 17:31; John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:46; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 5:13.