Vision

Our vision, captured in our logo, is that we would be a local church:

  • Solidly based on God’s Word.  We are committed to expository preaching;
  • United under Jesus, who is the Head of our church;
  • Centred on the cross of Christ, which is our hope of glory; and
  • Shining for Jesus into our community and beyond.

 Our goal is to be a multi-generational, multi-racial local church that joyfully and lovingly reflects Jesus to our community.

Lambert Road Baptist Church was planted in 1904 by believers in the Central (West Street) and Bulwer Road Baptist (now called Glenwood Community Church) Churches to minister to “the Stamford Hill area”, today called Morningside. The first pastor at Lambert Road, Richard Miller, when he arrived at the church, is quoted as saying, “What faith and hope, how much of love and labour, how many prayers, how many tears, have gone to building the fabric that has now arisen in the Lambert Road Baptist Church, is known to God.” Our hope is that we will live up to the rich spiritual heritage that we have.

We have seven primary schools within 1km of our church building, and we believe that this is our open door of opportunity for ministry. A major focus in our ministry is therefore towards children.

Elizabeth Elliot said, “Vision is one thing, carrying it through is another” (in Shadow of the Almighty). We strive to not be dreamers, but to implement a vision that is from God and for His glory, and not dependent on or developed by an individual. Our goal is to be a church that pleases Jesus Christ, and to be found faithful when He returns.

Durban beachfront sunrise service

Some more detial on Lambert Road Baptist Church's vision:

·           To be Bible-based.  We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments in their original writings as fully inspired of God and accept them as the final authority for faith and life.  We do not simply give this evangelical commitment lip service, but are committed to expository preaching.  Baptists have a rich heritage of being known as ‘people of the Book’, and it is our intention to continue that tradition.  Core doctrines for us as an evangelical church are:

  • The Trinity;
  • The devil and evil powers;
  • The plan of redemption;
  • The person and work of Christ;
  • Man (born spiritually dead);
  • Regeneration by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit;
  • Justification and sanctification, with the necessity of good works.[1]

·           To be united under Jesus, who is the Head of the church.  Jesus Christ is the Head of the local evangelical church, not the senior pastor, an elder, the elders, the council or the deacons.  Our desire is to joyfully “dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1), such that we bring glory to God;

·           To be centred on the cross of Christ, which is our hope of glory.  We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.  He died for our sins, as a substitutionary sacrifice, according to the Scriptures, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood on the cross.

·           To shine for Jesus in Durban.  It is our goal to be salt and light within Durban as we interact with people at school, university, work, home, church or on the sports field. Our goal is to be a multi-generational, multi-cultural, evangelical local church that joyfully and lovingly reflects Jesus to Durban.

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini) is the second most populous city in South Africa, and is the busiest port in Africa. Durban is also a major centre of tourism due to the city's warm subtropical climate and beautiful beaches.  According to the 2001 Census, Durban has a population of 3.2 million.  Black Africans account for 68.30% of the population, Indians 19.90%, Whites 8.98% and Coloureds 2.89%.  48.9% of the population in Durban is under the age of 24, while 4.2% are over the age of 65. The median age in Durban is 25 years old. 27.9% of city residents are unemployed.[2]

Our belief is that Jesus has “many in this city who are [His] people” (Acts 18:10). 

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[1] These core doctrines are taken from: Iain Murray.  D. Martyn Lloyd Jones.  The Fight of Faith 1939-1981.  Banner of Truth 1990:546

[2] All demographics information is taken from: Wikipedia.org (Durban)

 

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