The mark of an effective church is not how many people come, but how many people live differently as a result of having been there.

Our Beliefs

The Bible

The Bible consists of the Old and New Testaments, and is the very Word of God. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is thus inspired by God, truthful in all that it affirms, and without error as originally given by God. The Bible is the supreme source of truth and the final authority for all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160 Proverbs 30:5 Matthew 5:18 John 17:17 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16-17 2 Peter 1:20-21

God the Father

There is only one God who is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. Having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all. To Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal in essence and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22 Exodus 20:2, 3 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19 1 Corinthians 8:6 2 Corinthians 13:14 1 Peter 1:2

God the Son

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Being God, He became flesh being supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life fulfilling the laws of God, and died on the cross for the salvation of sinners as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was buried, rose again on the third day, ascended to His Father, where He intercedes for His people, until returning as righteous judge and King.

Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:22-23 John 1:1-5, 14:10-30 Acts 1:9-11 Romans 1:3-4 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Colossians 1:19-20, 2:9 1 Timothy 6:14-15 Titus 2:13 Hebrews 4:14-15

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to convict men of sin, righteousness and judgment to come and our need for Christ’s forgiveness. He gives believer a new heart (new birth) and provides the Christian with power for holy living, understanding of spiritual truth, perseverance in the faith, encouragement and comfort in affliction. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) for use in ministry.

John 14:16-17, 16:7-13 Acts 1:8 Romans 8:14 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, 12:4-11 2 Corinthians 3:17 Galatians 5:22-23 Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30 2 Thessalonians 2:13

The Human Race

We believe that as human beings, we are divinely created in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Human beings became guilty before God because of their disobedience and rebellion, called sin. This sinful nature is opposed to God and His righteous requirements and separates us from God.

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2,6 Matthew 19:4-6 Romans 3:23, 5:12-19 Ephesians 2:1-3

Salvation

We believe salvation consists of the following components:

Faith

Saving faith is a conviction of the intellect, and the confident trust of the heart in Christ’s complete sufficiency to save and sustain us daily. We must accept and rest upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. Faith is the only necessity of salvation, for without it no one shall please God.

John 1:12, 14:6 Romans 4:16 Galatians 3:26 Ephesians 2:8-9

Repentance

Repentance is the first fruit of saving faith. The Holy Spirit reveals and convicts a person of sin through truth and reason. Then being humbled by godly sorrow, a person turns away from his sins that he once loved. Now hating them, he decides to walk a life pleasing to God.

Jeremiah 15:19 Matthew 4:17 Luke 13:3 Acts 2:38, 17:30 James 4:6

Regeneration

A change of heart brought by the Holy Spirit, who makes alive those who were dead in sins. He creates a new disposition of joyful obedience to Christ and power to live a holy life. Regeneration is a work of God and cannot be attained by any self-efforts or religious accomplishments.

Ezekiel 36:26,27 Romans 6:18-23 Galatians5:22 Titus 3:5 1 John 3:6

Justification

It is God’s gracious and full acceptance of sinners who repent and believe in Christ. They are credited with the perfect righteousness of Christ on the condition of faith alone.

Romans 3:22,24, 4:3, 5:1,2

Sanctification

It is the process, beginning at the new birth, by which the believer is set apart for God’s purposes. He is enabled to progress toward Christ-likeness. Assisted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the continual use of prayer, self-examination, self-denial, and reading of the Word of God, those who have experienced regeneration or new birth will grow in holiness until it is fully realized in heaven.

Romans 6:19, 9:12-14 Philippians 1:6 2 Peter 1:10 1 John 7:10, 5:4-5 Revelation 2:7,11,17,26, 3:5,12,21

Glorification

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and eternal state of the redeemed.

Romans 8:30, 9:23

The Church

We believe that the local church is the congregation (gathering) of born again baptized believers who have voluntarily come together with a shared faith in Jesus Christ and for fellowship in the gospel. These believers meet for mutual edification in the faith, the propagation of the gospel, the worship of Christ and the participation in the ordinances. The local church is self-governing under the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Head of His Church.

Acts 2:41,42,47 Romans 16:1 1 Corinthians 1:2, 11:2 Ephesians 1:22-23 Colossians 1:1 Philemon 2

Baptism

We believe in baptism by immersion of a believer in water in the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It is the believer’s obedience to Christ’s command and a sign of fellowship with Him in His death. By being baptized a believer publicly declares his death to the world and sin, the burial of the old life. This is followed by the resurrection to newness of life by the same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead.

Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 1:9-13 John 3:23 Acts 2:38, 8:36-39 Romans 6:2-5 Galatians 5:24

The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial commanded by Christ Himself in which the bread and cup represent His broken body and shed blood. It serves as a time of self-examination of our faith and conduct in the sight of Christ and the assembly of believers. The Christian is to observe it regularly, thoughtfully, thankfully and joyfully proclaiming His death until He comes.

Matthew 26:26-28 Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:14-20 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Death, Judgment, and Eternity

The spirit of man was created to exist forever, our bodies return to dust and our spirit to God who gave them. Each one of us will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or with God through our union with Christ. We believe that God will judge in all righteousness and justice all who have ever lived. The wicked will be condemned to eternal punishment in hell, a place prepared for the Devil and his angels, while the righteous will be received into the glory of the Eternal and Everlasting God in Heaven.

Matthew 25:41-46 John 3:16, 14:2 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13 Romans 6:23 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13 Revelation 20:11-15

Satan

We believe that the scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is “the god of this age; the prince of the power of the air” who is full of all subtlety and mischief; who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of man and who will ultimately be confined to the Lake of Fire. He is like a roaring lion seeking and preying on those who have not stood firm in their faith and have been careless about their spirit.

Ephesians 2:2 2 Corinthians 4:4, 11:13-15 1 Peter 5:8 Revelation 12:9, 20:10

Free Will

We believe that God has endowed every individual with a free will: every person has freedom to choose to live in obedience to Christ or to choose to follow his/her own will, and in so doing, choosing his / her own eternal destiny.

Deuteronomy 30:19 Joshua 24:15 Psalm 119:128 Proverbs 22:6 Joel 3:14

The Lord’s Day

We believe that the first day of the week is ‘the Lord’s Day’ and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercises. The New Testament church gives the example of assembling on the Lord’s Day for the reading and teaching of the Word of God, worship prayer and mutual encouragement in love and good deeds.

Mark 16:9 John 20:7 Acts 20:7 1 Corinthians 16:2 Revelation 1:10

Priesthood of Every Believer

The Bible teaches that every believer is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of their vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

1 Peter 2:9 Revelation 1:6

Christian Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual: all that we have and are we owe to Him. We are therefore under obligation to serve Him with our talents and material possessions: and should recognize all these things are entrusted to us for the Glory of God and for helping others. According to scripture, Christians should contribute cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionally to their income and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.

Leviticus 27:30 Malachi 3:8 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 2 Corinthians 9:6

Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is forever secure in that salvation. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the believer. It is the grace and the keeping power of God that makes possible this assurance.

John 10:28-29 2 Timothy 1:12 Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14 1 Peter 1:3-5

The Perseverance of the Saints

It is every individual’s responsibility to make certain that he or she is a truly saved child of God. No one can nor should assure another person that they are saved. Only God, by the presence and witness of the Holy Spirit, is able to assure an individual of his or her salvation. Every true believer will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end. Even though they may fall into sin and therefore grieve the Spirit, bring reproach to Christ and His church and temporal judgment upon themselves, yet they shall be renewed again by the means of faith and repentance and sustained by the power of God until the end.

Philippians 2:12 2 Peter 1:10 Romans 8:16

Spirit-led Living

We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do right.

Ephesians 5:18 Philippians 2:13

Evangelism

It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the good news of the gospel with those whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to consider their spiritual state in light of Scripture.

Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 1:8 1 Peter 3:15

Our Staff

Steve Ranni
Senior Pastor
John McLean
Assistant Pastor
Andrew Violette
Youth Pastor
Becka deHaan
Worship Leader
Taylor McLean
Administrative Assistant

Steve, Denise, Brittany, and Ryan Ranni Pastor Steve Ranni has been married to his lovely wife Denise since 1988 and they have two children, a daughter Brittany and a son named Ryan. Steve and his wife Denise were both born on Cape Breton Island and left the Island when Steve joined the military in 1990.

Steve served with the Canadian Forces for almost nineteen years before being released due to a medical condition in December, 2008. He served over nine years with the Artillery at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick and then was reclassed as a Postal Clerk where he continued his service until the completion of his career. Steve served in Bosnia with NATO for six months from October 2003 until March 2004.

Pastor Steve Ranni has completed three years of studies with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and has obtained a diploma in Lay Ministry. He continued his education and graduated from the New Brunswick Bible Institute on May 2, 2010 receiving a three year diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies. With further study he received his Bachelor of Theology Degree.

Should you require any pastoral services such as information concerning weddings, funerals or baptisms etc. Please feel free to contact Pastor Steve for further information.

Thank you and may God Bless you and your family.

John and Val McLean Pastor John McLean has been married to his lovely wife, Valerie, since 1984 and they also have two children, a married daughter Beth (1985) and a son Nat (1987). John was born in 1951 in London Ontario where he lived until moving to Saskatchewan in 1973 to attend CPC Bible College (now Horizon College & Seminary) in Saskatoon. Upon graduating from the Three Year Theology Program in 1976 John returned to London for a brief time but soon resettled in Saskatchewan. He and his family moved to Woodstock, New Brunswick in 1992, before settling here in Lincoln, New Brunswick in 1995.

John has worked in landscaping, food services, fundraising, and property maintenance. He has published numerous personality and inspirational articles in an array of magazines and newsletters. John was employed for 23 years as a sign language interpreter for the deaf, has worked in the public and technical school systems in Saskatchewan and in New Brunswick and taught Community College courses in sign language. In 2005 John graduated with honors from the Human Service Worker course of New Brunswick Community College, in Fredericton. He volunteered for a time at the Fredericton Mental Health ‘Clubhouse’ (Now R.E.A.C.H.), worked as a personal support worker with the Canadian Deaf-Blind Rubella Assn, as a residential care worker with NB Community Residences, as a support worker with Let’s Work (CMHA) and as a job coach with Jobs Unlimited.

But John’s heart has always been in Christian ministry. As a child of Christian parents he grew up with a knowledge of the Lord and in 1969 made a publicprofession of his faith at age 18. Since then John has involved himself in ministry as a street youth worker, camp counselor, gospel guitarist, First Nation outreach worker, artistic signing and deaf ministry leader, cable TV co-producer, Bible teacher, writer, editor, men’s small groups ministry leader, in speaking opportunities and in serving many years as an elder at Lincoln Baptist Church.

If you would like to speak with John further regarding any spiritual need, Bible question, or to request a visit, please contact the Lincoln Baptist Church. Together we can seek the Lord Who Alone has help for all our needs.

God bless you.

Andrew and Tara-Lee Violette McLean Andrew Violette has a Bachelor's degree in Theology from New Brunswick Bible Institute through Covington Theological Seminary. Although he was born and raised a United States citizen, he has felt called by God to live and minister to the church here in Canada.

He moved to Lincoln with his wife Tara-Lee in July of 2017. He currently serves to oversee all youth ministries within the church. Please contact him with any questions regarding youth ministries that you may have.

Becka deHaan has been on the Fredericton music scene since 2008. She holds a certificate of Grade 10 Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and English from Canadian Mennonite University. Career highlights include being the opening act for the East to West music festival in Shediac in 2014 and serving for four consecutive years as music leader at the New Brunswick Christian Ashram from 2014 to 2017, and she is currently music director at the Lincoln Baptist Church. She has released two full-length albums, and a third is on the horizon for early 2019. Her second record, "Long-awaited, Unexpected: Songs for Christmas," received the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Gospel Recording.

Our History

Church entryway: Welcome friends and family to the Lincoln Baptist Church The Lincoln Baptist Church was founded October 31, 1833 as a Freewill Baptist church and functioned as a part of a multi-point charge. Other points on that charge were New Maryland, Rusagonis, and Waasis (being amalgamated with Lincoln in the mid 1970's. In the mid 1960's, the church built its first parsonage as part of its conversion to a single-point charge under Pastor Harry Branscombe. In 1972, the church moved from its original building which is 1km from its present location. The old building was sold to what is now the local Lion's Club. In 1973, one year later, the current parsonage was constructed adjacent to the church propterty. The church building was given a face-lift in 1993, and separate office facilities were added in 1994.

The Lincoln Baptist Church is the only full-fledged evangelical church in the community of Lincoln. The church today is a mix of people with widely varying denominational backgrounds. Traditionally we have a military component to our attendees and due to the transient nature of a military community our population has a tendency to turn over. The Lincoln Baptist church is conservative in theology, and enjoys freedom of worship and informality in our relationships with each other.