Who are we?
We each have our own unique personalties, careers, nationalities, lifestyles and age groups. We are united in our desire to know our Creator more, which is why we meet together as a community. This is so that we can understand Him more, and grow in our relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Sharing the love of Christ through everything we say and do.
Caring for one another’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs and also for those in our wider community.
Daring to grow and to serve through the gifts that God has given us.
What we value in our church community
- A Community dedicated to serving others
- Unity, encouragement, a place for welcoming all people
- A family for others to rely on and be strengthened by
- Contemporary – relevant, real, biblically-based
- Evangelism – building bridges, relevant, welcoming
- Making disciples – teaching, training
- Cultural diversity
- Small groups
- Commitment – perseverance, suffering, sacrifice
The Church holds that:
1. Jesus Christ alone is head of the Church.
2. The Church is the community called into being by God. In both its universal and local expressions, it consists of persons who have personally and knowingly accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and have pledged themselves to worship, follow and serve him as a priestly community.
3. By his high-priestly ministry, Jesus Christ has opened the way for every believer to approach God the Father directly through him.
4. Jesus Christ is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct in the life of both churches and individuals.
5. He has given to all churches and to every individual the right and responsibility to understand and to do God’s will. Therefore, being accountable to God, Christians are not to despise their fellow believers but to accept one another as Christ’s servants, allowing each other freedom of conscience.
God has given to human governments the right and responsibility to promote what is just and good but not to coerce belief or practice contrary to conscience.
6. There is only one God. He is infinitely good and great, and has revealed himself to be personal and triune in essential being, eternally existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
7. God speaks to us through the Bible, the sixty-six Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Being God-breathed they are fully trustworthy and supremely authoritative in all matters of faith and conduct.
8. God created the heavens and the earth and all that exists in them. He continues to care for and govern his creation, working out his purposes for all he has made.
9. God created humans in his image, male and female, intending that we live in fellowship with him. However, tempted by Satan, God’s adversary, the first man and woman disobeyed God. As a result we all sin, falling short in our responsibilities to love God and neighbour and to care for the world.
10. Despite our sin, which alienates us from God and rightly deserves his judgment, God, because of his grace and great love for all people, sent his Son into the world to save us.
The incarnate Son, Jesus of Nazareth, was conceived by the Virgin Mary through the Holy Spirit. Fully human and fully divine, he lived on earth a sinless life of perfect obedience. He died on the cross as a sacrifice on our behalf and in our place, redeeming us from the penalty and power of sin and triumphing over Satan. He was raised bodily from the dead and ascended to his Father’s presence where he lives forever as our great High Priest and reigns as Lord of all.
11. The Gospel, the good news concerning Jesus Christ and his reconciling work, is God’s powerful way of bringing salvation. All who respond in repentance and faith God sets right with himself, forgiving and cleansing them from sin, giving them his Holy Spirit and eternal life, and incorporating them into his church.
12. The Holy Spirit gives new life to all believers and resides in them permanently. He makes them holy, and enables them to grow into the likeness of Christ. Through his Spirit God empowers all his people for life and witness, granting them various gifts for the well-being, functioning and mission of the church.
13. While all believers belong to the universal church, God gathers them into local churches which exist to worship and serve him. Jesus Christ, the head of the church, has established both baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism is the immersion of believers on their profession of faith, an act of identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It involves commitment to a life of discipleship in fellowship with his people.
In the Lord’s Supper, believers remember Christ’s sacrificial death, share in fellowship with their risen Lord and with one another, and look forward to his return.
14. All Christians are commanded to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and their neighbours as themselves. We discover what love means in practice through searching the Scriptures, which reveal God’s character and will. Such love includes the responsibility of every Christian to participate in the proclamation of the Good News throughout the world.
15. Jesus Christ will return visibly and victoriously from his Father’s presence to gather his people to himself and to complete his conquest of sin and evil.
All people, both believers and unbelievers, will be raised bodily and be judged by God. Believers will enjoy eternal blessedness in God’s presence, while unbelievers will suffer the eternal punishment of exclusion from his presence. The whole creation will be so transformed that righteousness will characterise the new heavens and the new earth for ever.
16. The will of Christ for each church is to be found as the Holy Spirit brings direction and conviction to that congregation gathered to seek his will in the light of the Scriptures. On this basis the members’ meeting is the final authority under Christ for a congregation. Finding Christ’s will through the members’ meeting involves mutual counsel through the exercise of the members’ gifts and learning from the experience of other congregations.
17. Christ gives leaders to his Church. It is the duty of the local church through the members’ meeting to recognise and affirm Christ’s call to such leaders and to set them aside to serve, thereby charging them with the responsibility to lead and delegating prescribed authority to lead. Mutual accountability is to operate between leaders and church.
18. While not in any way diminishing the autonomy of the local church, it is appropriate for Baptist churches to cooperate in a Union of Churches in which it is essential for all member churches to practise mutual care, support, and accountability.
Behind the scenes our Church is kept going by hard working volunteers. Some of this team is listed below, but there are also many more!
The brains behind running a community organisation like Yokine Baptist Church.
Sue is the chairperson of the Church Council, and ensures Yokine Baptist Church runs as an efficient and compliant corporate group of believers. She is an admin junkie through-and-through, and her work has kept our doors open for many years. By day Sue is a speech pathologist, and is also a very talented piano player.
I.T and Multimedia
IT nerd. Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Google+. You name it, he’s on it. Keeps the website going, and church admin processes streamlined.
Alex is YBC’s IT and media guy. He is passionate about our church staying relevant in today’s ever changing world, and promoting efficiency through the use of technology. He also likes spending time in the outdoors. On Minecraft.
Speaks fluent Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Full of bad puns.
Lionel is a foundation for the deaf community at Yokine Baptist Church and beyond. He is passionate about uniting deaf believers around Western Australia, and works tirelessly to ensure that the deaf never feel left out or isolated.
Music & Worship
Music. He lives, breathes and obviously plays it. Harbors hipster tendencies, including an over-the-top love of coffee.
John loves music, and loves worshiping God even more. Bringing together the two is his specialty, and he leads our church in song, and coordinates our entire music team.
“Connect” Young Adults Ministry Leader
Leads our weekly small group for young adults. Organises each session, plans social events, and makes sure there is enough food for everyone to dig into.
John, also known as “John John”, is a big fan of The Walking Dead, and deck building card games. Ask him about any comic book character, and be prepared for an education.
Pastor of our Arabic Speaking Congregation
The pastor for our Sudanese community church, which runs in the lower hall every Sunday from 12pm.
Elezerig is known for his wide smile, and welcoming nature. His heart is with the Sudanese community, and he always has time for a chat.
Controls the flow of funds, and ensures that Yokine Baptist Church is kept fully accountable. Pun intended. He is responsible for helping organise and communicate the financial “big picture”.
Stephen, along with his wife Esther, have been at Yokine Baptist Church since 1975, and been involved in leadership roles for just as long! He has been the Treasurer since 2010, and being a self professed green thumb, he also helps maintain the church grounds and mow the lawn on a regular basis. He loves watching the footy, and is a proud Eagles supporter.
Leads the Church congregation in music and worship on Sunday mornings.
Nat loves discovering powerful lyrics, and reminding everyone at Church what they are singing. She has a passion to serve in her ministry, and does a great job of leading the congregation into an appropriate place to encounter God.
Her and her team ensures that there is tea, coffee, and refreshments ready for devouring as soon as each Sunday service is finished. And that it is cleaned up afterward! She also runs our senior’s excercise class on Wednesday.
Esther is a long time member of Yokine Baptist Church, having attended with her husband Stephen since 1975. She has been involved in the running of her ministry area for this entire time. When church is over, Esther likes to take it easy on a Sunday, often going to a leisurely walk with her daughter. She also likes a good game of golf.