Declaration of principle

Our Baptist Union of Scotland was born out of local churches realising that, in order to fulfil the commission that Jesus has given to His disciples, it is better to work together than continue alone. What holds us together in this vision is our acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as Lord and head of the church; and that He communicates to us, through the Holy Spirit, in directing us according to Father’s will. We hold the Bible as central to all that we say and do, through faith in Jesus Christ. We stress our dependence upon God and interdependence with one another, as we seek to work together in sharing the Gospel with people in our land of Scotland and, in fellowship with other churches that confess Jesus and share in our Principles, seek to reach out in love to all peoples, everywhere, across the world.

The Declaration of Principle of the Baptist Union of Scotland

1. That the Lord Jesus Christ our God and Saviour is the sole and absolute Authority in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and that each Church has liberty, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to interpret and administer His laws.

2. That Christian Baptism is the immersion in water into the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, of those who have professed repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures; was buried and rose again the third day.

3. That it is the duty of every disciple to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.

Our Union’s Declaration of Principle, adopted in 1908, has a prophetic relevance and resonance that can still inspire and excite today. In three sections, it defines and shares a perspective aimed at strengthening Christian disciples and blessing others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. With simplicity, it expresses what we hold in common, churches throughout Scotland who are integral, interdependent parts of a nationwide community of conviction.

This commentary aims to help you reflect on these sections in a devotional way. It seeks to steer you to the revelation that God gives us in the Bible and the relationship God wants you to develop with Him and with other people. To help you grow discipleship in your own life and with others. To work out what it means to live and worship God as a disciple of Jesus Christ.