The Mission/Purpose of the Norton United Baptist Church is to make disciples and to grow as disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Peter 3:17-18)
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The Norton Baptist Church is called by God to be a community-minded, family-oriented church that seeks to introduce people to Jesus Christ and develop a passionate spirituality through prayer, genuine relationships and quality programs.
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The Scriptures — The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments have their authority from God alone, and are given to us by divine inspiration. They are the only perfect, supreme, infallible and sufficient standard of faith and practice.
God — There is one true and living God; He is an infinite Spirit; self-existent, omnipresent, omni-scient, omnipotent, good, wise, just and merciful. He is the creator, preserver, and sovereign of the universe; He is inexpressively glorious in holiness, and worthy of all honour, confidence and love. In the Godhead there are three persons in one: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection, and who execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Jesus Christ — Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the person of the trinity who, by virtue of His sacrificial work, is the world’s redeemer and the savior of all who believe. He is at present the intercessor of all His people at the right hand of the Father, and is to be the judge of all men.
The Holy Spirit — The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity, by whom all saving, comforting and sanctifying power is exerted upon human hearts.
State and Fall of Man — Man was created sinless. By his own disobedience he fell into sin. Through his fall into sin, an evil nature was transmitted to the whole race, revealing itself in actual transgression, and bringing all under the reign of condemnation and death.
Faith — Faith is a conviction of the intellect that God will perform all that He has promised and an implicit trust of the heart in Christ as a personal savior. It includes a hearty concurrence of the will and affections with the whole plan of salvation as revealed in the gospel, and is a condition of justification and of cleansing from the pollution of sin and of all subsequent gospel blessings.
Justification — Justification is an act of God wherein He accepts as righteous the sinner, to whom is imputed the perfect righteousness of Christ, on the condition of faith alone.
Sanctification — The Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, Christians are made partakers of His holiness; that it has its beginning in regeneration, and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, in the continual use of the appointed means: the Word of God, selfexamination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.
A Gospel Church — We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; andexercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. In the more general sense, the word church is used to designate all whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. The only scriptural officers are bishops (pastors), and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Baptism — This is the immersion of believers in water into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in which are represented their death to the world, the washing of their souls from the pollution of sin, their resurrection to newness of life, the burial and resurrection of Christ, their resurrection at the last day, and their engagement to serve God.
The Lord’s Supper — The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Christ, to be observed by the churches in the manner indicated by Him in Matt. 26:26-30.
Death — At death our bodies return to dust, our souls to God who gave them. The righteous being then perfected in happiness are received to dwell with God, awaiting the full redemption of their bodies. The wicked are cast into Hades reserved unto the judgement of the great day.
Resurrection — There will be a general resurrection of the bodies of the just and of the unjust; the righteous in the likeness of Christ, but the wicked to shame and everlasting contempt.
These statements are taken from the “Basis of Union” of The United Baptist Convention (now the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches). It was formed in 1905-06 with the union of the Regular Baptists and the Free Baptists. Sharing many of the same concerns, the two bodies were brought together by their common interests. The basis of union was a statement of agreed doctrine and church polity. Each church within the two bodies voted on the statement. All supported it with the exception of six churches, and none of the six voted negatively. Thus the United Baptist Convention was brought into being upon an agreed statement of faith, which was approved by the churches themselves. Today, it remains the basis upon which we work together. To see the full statement please visit www.baptist-atlantic.ca/documents/Basis_of_Union.pdf
The site of the present Norton United Baptist Church was purchased from Joseph D. Baxter on September 17, 1883 for one hundred dollars. However, our history as a congregation is tied even earlier to a combined effort in Riverbank, NB between both Baptists and Presbyterians.
Through the years renovations and changes for great mission effectiveness have been a part of our history. In 1949 room was added to the back of the church for meetings and Sunday School. Then in 1964 a nursery, classrooms and the “Fellowship Hall” was added. In 1998 extensive renovations were done to the kitchen facilities and two new washrooms were added in 2001 off the sanctuary. On June 20, 2010 we celebrated the grand opening and dedication of our new Family Life Centre. This large expansion has enabled us to have great ministry effectiveness with children’s and youth ministry, as well as wider reach into our community.
Through the years many generations of faith have given of their time, talents and resources to serve the Lord through the ministry of the Norton Baptist Church. We continue to be motivated to move forward in ministry, spurred on by the faithful service of those who pursed God’s vision before us. Psalm 102:18 says, “Let this be written for a future generation that people not yet created may praise the Lord.,” so we continue to worship and serve together in and for our community.