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 we do. 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 at 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 an exciting time of 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.
Both Sunday services are preceded by a time of corporate prayer. Members gather together, prayer requests are shared, and we then break into small groups to pray with others, particularly for the ministry of the Word that day, but also for other matters that may be mentioned when requests are taken.
Sunday morning prayer is at 8:15 AM in an upper room behind the balcony of the main auditorium. Sunday evening prayer is at 5:30 PM in the main auditorium of the church.
Family Bible Hour
Family Bible Hour (FBH) is BBC’s all-age church 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 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 shortly after 11:00 AM) and the evening worship service commences at 6:00 PM (and concludes shortly after 7:30 PM).
We strive to be thoroughly biblical in our worship of God. We believe that God should be worshipped in the way that He has prescribed. The First Commandment (Exodus 20:3) commands us to worship only the one, true God. The Second Commandment (Exodus 20:4-6) commands us 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. Whilst the Bible nowhere gives us a precise order of service for corporate worship, we believe that biblical corporate worship must involve several things.
- 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 the old, classic hymns of the faith (think Amazing Grace and Holy, Holy, Holy) to more contemporary songs (think In Christ Alone and All I Have is Christ). The general style of singing—regardless of the song—tends to be conservative.
- 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.
- 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 aloud to the congregation. It rarely is the passage that will be preached from (that is read aloud by the pastor before the sermon). We read systematically through the Scriptures—normally one chapter per week. The morning public reading is typically taken from the New Testament, whilst the evening public reading is typically taken from the Old Testament.
- The Word must be preached. The style of preaching at church 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 practice baptism by full immersion of professing believers who request to be baptised. The Lord’s Supper is taken every Sunday evening, with the exception of the last Sunday of each month. We do not practice “closed Communion,” but we do stress “close Communion.” That is, the Supper is not exclusively for members of BBC, but we do stress that only baptised believers, who are in fellowship with a particular local church (or are moving in that direction) should partake of the Supper.