Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Baptist History in Nepal

Nepal, formerly known as the only Hindu Kingdom, is now declared as Republic of Nepal with a secular State. Nepal is one of the founder members of SAARC (South–Asian Association for Regional cooperation) situated between India (South, East, West) and Tibet, autonomous of China (North). It is a landlocked country; as it is, the door of sharing Christ was also locked until 1990. With tears shed prayers, the door was slightly open after the restoration of democracy in 1990 A.D.


Accordingly to the census at 2001, it was identified 87% of the population as Hindu while Buddhism was practiced by about 11% of the population. About 4.2% of the population is Muslim, 3.6% Kirat and 0.45% Christian.

The number of Nepali Christians is growing daily. According the government consensus, the Christian population in Nepal was 0.02% in 1971, 0.03% in 1981, 0.17% in 1991 and 0.45% in 2001. However, the reality is different. Most of Church statistics give 4% as the average percentage of Christian population in Nepal.


Baptist Churches in Nepal begun with local people in early 90's. Nepal Baptist Church Fellowship was formed on 11 April 1992 for fellowship and mission partnerships. Later, on 3 December 1993 it was named as Nepal Baptist Church Council.



The Statement of Faith

What we believe

Bible

We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible were written by men divinely inspired and are the records of God's revelation of Himself to mankind. It is a perfect treasure of faith and Christian living. It has God for its author, salvation as its purpose, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its content. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted as the story of God's redemption as it exists in Jesus Christ. (John 12: 47-50; Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)


God

We believe there is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. All three persons of the Godhead are co-equal and co-eternal and co-infinite. (Ex. 15:11; Duet. 6:4; Matt3:16, Matt. 28:19; John 4:24, 10:30; 2Corinthians 13:14; 1Tim. 6:15; Rev. 4:11)


God the Father

We believe that God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men. (Ex.15:11; Duet. 6:4; Is. 6:3; Ps. 83:3; Mal.2:10; 1Tim. 6:15-16; Rev. 4:11)


God the Son

We believe Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet is without sin. He honoured the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and then He appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of man, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord. (Matt.1:18-25; Luke 2:7; John 3:16; Acts 1:22-2; Rom. 14:10-12; 2Cor.5:10-21)


God the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior and effects regeneration. At the time a person trusts Christ as Saviour and the Lord, he is baptized with the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. (1 Cor. 12:13) He cultivates Christian Character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. These gifts are to be exercised humbly and discreetly for the strengthening of the church and should never be exercised in such a way as to be divisive or destructive. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship and equips them for evangelism and service. (Gen. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:29; John 14:16,26; Acts5:32; Heb. 9:4)


Man

We believe Man is the crowning work of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin, but by his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. (Gen.1:2; Ps.100:3; Prov.7:29; Acts17:26; Eph.1:4-6)


Salvation

We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; and made free to all by the Son of God who took upon him our nature, made atonement for our sins by his death, risen from the dead he is now enthrone in heaven. And In order to be saved, we must be regenerated or born again; it is a change of heart, wrought by the power of the Holy Spirit, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the word of God. In broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. (John 3:16; Rom.10:9-13; 2Cor.5:14-15; Gal.2:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Col.1:1-3; 2Tim.1:10-11; Titus 2:11)


Baptism

We believe baptism and Lord's Supper are the two ordinance of the Church. Christian baptism - is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believers' death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ - (and) a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. (Matt.28: 19-20;Mark 16:16;Acts 2:38-42, 8:35-39; Rom. 6:3-4; Acts 18:8)


The Lord's Supper

We believe Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember and proclaim the death of the Jesus and anticipate His second coming. (Luke22:14-20;Acts 2:40; 1 Cor. 10:16-21; 1 Cor.11:23-28)


Church and the Office

We believe a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believer who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teaching, scripturally exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic process under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe the regular officers of a Church are pastors and Deacons. (Matt. 16:18-19, Matt.28:18-20, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Cor. 12:2, 12-13; Eph. 4:11-13; Col.1:18)


Worship Day

We believe consecrating a day to the Lord, and believers coming together for cooperate worship is the part of Christian Living. It is a Christian principle based upon biblical teaching to encourage believers to meet together for regular worship; teaching of doctrine, fellowship, praying, and the observance of the ordinances. (Ex20:8-11; Acts 2:42; Heb10:24,25)


Kingdom of God

We believe Kingdom of God is God ruling sovereignly over all His works as King. This includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as king. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. (Matt. 6:10, 11:12, 28:18-20; Luke 17:20- 18:1-30)


Second Advent of Christ

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His Promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. ( Matt. 24:36, Acts 1:7, Rev1:7, 1 Th2;19, 4,16-17 )


Evangelism & Mission

We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teaching of Christ. (Matt. 28: 18-20; Mk.16: 15,16; Lk.24:47; Acts 1:8)


Education

We believe the church itself is a school. Jesus told His followers to make disciples and to teach them all things He had commanded them. It is the responsibility of the church to provide systematic Christian education for the believers which would assist them in living exemplary Christian lives in the community. (Deut. 4:9; Matt.28:18-; 2Tim 2:2)


Vision

All Nations saved in Christ will be participating in fulfillment of God's great commission.


Mission

Gospel, discipleship, church planting and leadership development through training and partnership.


Core Values

Faith, Courtesy, Love, Forgiveness, Righteousness, Integrity, Transperency.


Goal

Goal 1: Mobilize local churches to establish new churches

• Distribute gospel tracts and do evangelism
• Ordain reverends, pastors and ministers.
• Conduct baptisms, holy communion and Church declarations
• Conduct pre-feasibility surveys for church planting
• Conduct church planting and discipleship training
• Conduct spiritual and mission conferences/seminars
• Scholarship provision for ministers
• Develop and send missionaries

Goal 2: Develop capable Christian leaders for mission in all areas of society

• Develop the scholarship programme
• Build academic training centers for: C.Th., B.Th., B.Min, M.Div., training etc.
• Run capacity development training.
• Develop support for church administration and management.

Goal 3: Conduct humanitarian and social work as a part of integral mission

• Run community development and social service programmes, i.e. Co-operatives, infrastructure building, agriculture, animal husbandry, health education, etc
• Develop income generation projects for church and community
• Respond to disasters with humanitarian assistance
• Provide conflict management support
• Develop climate action training and projects

Goal 4: Facilitate organizational development programmes

• Purchase land and construct buildings for: Council, college, churches
• Develop policy documents
• Purchase physical resources, organizational assets, vehicles, etc
• Update organizational structures and management systems

Goal 5: Develop partnerships to achieve these goals

• Develop co-ordination and co-operation between local churches, NBCC departments, etc
• Develop national & international networking and co-ordination