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. Our 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.
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.
Read below to learn more about BBC. If any questions remain unanswered, feel free to contact the church office (011 867 3505), send us a WhatsApp (063 492 8869), or drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
There are two corporate worship services on a Sunday. Our morning worship begins at 9:00 AM on Sunday morning and the evening worship, which is primarily a prayer-focused service, commences at 5:00 PM. At present, under COVID-19 restrictions, our morning service takes place outside on the grass, while we move inside for our evening service.
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. We read systematically through the New Testament during the morning service, with more thematic Scripture readings in the evening.
- 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: It is typically the one immediately after the text that was preached the preceding week.
- 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 a desire to join the church in membership. The Lord’s Supper is taken regularly, typically during the evening service, though we have moved this to the morning service during COVID-19 restrictions. Communion is open to all baptised believers who are members of (or pursuing membership of) a local church.
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