INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH
ON THE SOUTH SHORE OF MONTREAL
Our pastor's story.
International Baptist Church began back in 1997 in Brossard, Québec.
The Lord provided us with a place rent free for the first year and many folks contributed chairs, a piano, pulpit, pews and other items of furniture.
Our congregation embraces people from many ethnic groups to include Chinese, English, Spanish and French. We have room for every tribe, tongue, people and nation!
We believe in the divine, verbal, plenary inspiration and the
inerrancy and historical infallibility of the original Scriptures, and their supreme authority for faith and practice.
We believe in one God, the creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.
We believe in the necessity of the substitutionary death of Christ and that all who believe are justified on the basis of His shed blood and, therefore, have the assurance of their eternal salvation.
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe in the total depravity of man and the absolute necessity of the new birth for individual salvation, which results in a new man within.
We believe in the regenerating, indwelling, sealing, and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, Who baptizes each believer into the body of Christ upon his acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers as He wills for the edification of the Church.
We believe the Christian's sanctification begins at salvation, giving the capacity for holiness, but not eradicating his capacity for sin. Identification with Christ's death and resurrection and dependence upon the Spirit's power enable the believer to experience victory over sin.
We believe in one universal Church, embracing all who are united to Christ by saving faith and divine grace, and that the founding of local self-propagating churches is the goal of missions. Two ordinances are enjoined by Christ upon all believers: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe in the existence of the holy angels, the personal existence of Satan and his demonic hosts. Though we wrestle with principalities and powers in spiritual ministry, victory is assured by Christ's death on the cross.
We believe in the imminent coming of Christ to receive His church to Himself, and His premillennial and personal return to earth to establish His kingdom reign of peace and righteousness. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
We believe that the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ the give the Gospel to every creature throughout the whole world is still incumbent on every believer. We believe in the will, power and providence of God to meet our every need in His service.
Rich was born again on 9 January 1973 after reading a tract explaining the way to eternal life. Up until that time he had been aware of an emptiness in his life and the uncertainty of where he would spend eternity. He knew that heaven and hell existed but wasn't sure how to gain the former and avoid the latter. The good news came loudly and clearly through Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wanda became a born again believer at the age of 12 while attending a Good News Club for children in her neighborhood. On entering Eastern Kentucky University she grew spiritually through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship where she met Rich. They were married in July, 1975
Rich & Wanda left their home in Phoenix , Arizona in 1990 to come plant churches in Québec being burdened for the hundreds of towns, cities, and villages in Québec with no believers and no gospel witness