Welcome to Brackenhurst Baptist Church on the Web!
Brackenhurst Baptist Church is a Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching ministry with a growing passion to be God-centred in all things. With a desire to minister to all, our ministries include something for everyone. Our greatest passion is to honour and glorify God by making and maturing disciples who are becoming more like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our pulpit ministry is the centre of our worship and doctrine, and the Bible is the basis for what we believe and teach. We strive to be a Word-centred church dedicated to the task of developing fully devoted followers of Christ. We endeavour to do all we can to get this same Word into all the world.
If you are interested in a spiritual home where passion, conviction and order are obvious—if you wish to know what the Bible has to say and how it applies to your life—join with us for worship and fellowship as we study God’s Word together.
What to Expect
If you are considering paying our church a visit, you may like to know more about what to expect when you arrive.
Family Bible Hour
Family Bible Hour (FBH) is BBC’s all-age Sunday school ministry. It begins at 8:30 AM in the main auditorium, where everyone gathers to sing songs, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and recite memory verses. We then break into our various FBH classes for a time of teaching, Bible study and discussion. FBH concludes at 9:15 AM, and morning worship begins shortly thereafter.
There are two corporate worship services on a Sunday. The morning worship service begins at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning (and concludes around 11:00 AM) and the evening worship service commences at 5:30 PM (and concludes around 7:00 PM).
We strive to be thoroughly biblical in our worship. We believe that God should be worshipped in the way that he has prescribed. The first commandment (Exodus 20:3) is to worship only the one, true God. The second commandment (Exodus 20:4–6) is to worship him only in the way that he has prescribed.
Throughout Scripture, those who have sought to worship God in an unauthorised way have suffered his judgement. While the Bible nowhere gives us a precise order of service for corporate worship, biblical corporate worship should involve several elements.
- The Word must be sung. We are very careful at BBC about the songs used in corporate worship. Every song—whether congregational or special music—is carefully reviewed beforehand and approved for use by the elders of the church. We sing a wide variety of songs, from Psalms and old, classic hymns of the faith to more contemporary songs.
- The Word must be prayed. Public prayer, grounded in Scripture, is another important part of the service. Our services open with prayer. Our pastors pray publicly for the needs of the church and various other ministries with which we are affiliated. Prayer is offered at the beginning and at the end of each sermon. As a congregation, we are encouraged to pray weekly through a particular Psalm. The Psalm of the week is often used as a call to worship and is invoked in the public prayers. Our Sunday evening service is the primary corporate prayer service of the church. We gather to share prayer requests and pray with and for one another. Other elements of worship are streamlined in the evening to facilitate a good amount of time dedicated to prayer.
- The Word must be read. Scripture commends the public reading of Scripture when the church gathers for worship. In each service, a particular passage of Scripture is read publicly to the congregation. This is separate from the text to be preached, which is read aloud by the pastor before the sermon. We read systematically through the Scriptures—during the morning service from the New Testament, and during the evening service from the Old Testament.
- The Word must be preached. The style of preaching is expository. Our pastor-teacher preaches systematically (verse by verse, passage by passage) through books of the Bible. Church members and regular visitors can normally anticipate the passage to be preached, for it is typically the one immediately after the text that was preached the preceding week. Often, though not always, brief children’s talks form part of the worship service, during which one of our pastors invites all children in the congregation to the front for a brief lesson, usually related to the message that will soon be preached.
- The Word must be enacted. God has given to the church two ordinances (or sacraments) that must be observed until Christ returns: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We baptise—by full immersion—those who have professed faith in Christ and have expressed an interest to join the church membership. The Lord’s Supper is taken every Sunday evening, with the exception of the last Sunday of each month. Communion is open to all baptised believers who are members of (or pursuing membership of) a local church.