A warm welcome to our website. If you are looking for a church in Clonmel, we would be delighted to welcome you.

— Matthew Brennan (Pastor)


Clonmel Baptist Church seeks to help people of all ages discover Christ and to follow Him. We meet and worship Him together and learn how God’s word can change and equip us to live Christ pleasing lives.

The church has been in Clonmel since 1980 and is called Clonmel Baptist Church . The Church is a member of the Association of Irish Evangelicals (Aontas).


Church Life

We are a group of people of all ages from differing backgrounds and nationalities who meet together each week to grow in our Christian faith.

We warmly invite you to attend our church. We believe that there are many people in our area who are searching for something that will make life more meaningful. We are convinced that in Jesus Christ, whom you will meet in our worship, teaching and fellowship, you will find the true meaning of life.

What We Believe

We are Bible believing Christians; We agree with the Apostles and Nicene Creeds, the creeds of the early church.

Here are some of the truths from the Bible which we hold dear:

  • We believe the Bible to be inspired by God. Therefore it is trustworthy and authoritative in all it says.
  • We believe that there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – The Holy Trinity.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that to get right with God everyone needs to turn in trust to Jesus as their only Saviour and Lord.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian helping them to live God pleasing lives.
  • We believe that everyone will be resurrected on the last day. Those who have faith in Jesus will be taken into God’s heaven; those who are without faith in Jesus will be cast into hell.

— For more detail see our full Statement of Faith

There are five principles which we hold dear:
Scripture Alone

When God inspired the Bible He gave us a full and sufficient guide for Christian living.

Christ Alone

The Lord Jesus has made a full and complete provision for the salvation of all believers. Therefore Christ is the only one to whom we should look to for salvation.

Faith Alone

God in His awesome mercy gives complete forgiveness to all who will come to Him by faith, trusting solely in Christ.

Grace Alone

Grace is God’s attitude to us sinners in which He does for us what we do not deserve and in us what we could never achieve. – Salvation is by grace alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone.

To the Glory of God Alone

Because God is the awesome and majestic God of heaven and earth we ought to live our lives to magnify and glorify Him alone.

Statement Of Faith

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We affirm that the Holy Scriptures, as originally given by God through the different authors are the infallible and inerrant Word of God. This comprises 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. Recognising these as our only authority in all matters of faith and practice, we believe the doctrines taught in them.

Bible References:
2Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2Peter 1:20-21;
John 17:17, Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18.

We believe in the only true and living God. Revealed in the Holy Scriptures as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Divine Persons in this Holy Trinity exist in perfect unity (e), are co-equal, and co-eternal, and are sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

Bible References:
Deuteronomy 6:4; 1Corinthians 8:4,6; Jeremiah 10:10;
1Thessalonians 1:9; John 6:27; 1Peter 1:2; John 1:1,14;
Titus 2:13; 1John 5:20; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 3:16-17;
Matthew 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14; John 10:30, 17:22;
Psalm 90:2; John 1:1; 1Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 9:14;
Genesis 1:2-3; Job 24:13, 33:4; John 1:2,3;
Psalm 33:10-11; Psalm 135:6; Daniel 4:34-35;
Acts 17:25-28; Ephesians 1:3-14

We believe in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is holy righteous full of grace mercy, compassion, and love. In His infinite love He sent forth his Son that the world might be saved through Him.

Bible References:
Leviticus 11:44,45; Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7;
Isaiah 6:3; 1Peter 1:16; Revelation 4:8;
Deuteronomy 32:4; Ezra 9:15; Psalm 119:137;
John 17:25; Genesis 33:11; Galatians 1:15;
1Peter 5:10; Daniel 9:9; Ephesians 2:4;
Psalm 86:15; 1John 4:8; John 3:16,17;
Romans 5:8; 1John 4:9-10

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, whose true humanity and full deity were joined in the unity of His divine Person. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life and in His teaching, in His divine miracles, in His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. There He offered the one perfect and final sacrifice for sin, for all time, triumphing over Satan, sin and death. We believe in His bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven, where He now sits in glory at the Father’s right hand, the only mediator between God and man.

Bible References:
John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8; Romans 1:3; John 1:1;
John 20:28; Titus 2:13-14; Colossians 2:9;
1Timothy 3:16; Luke 1:34,35; Matthew 1:20-25;
1Peter 2:22; Hebrews 7:26; Acts 2:22; John 2:11;
Romans 5:19, 3:25; 2Corinthians 5:21;
Hebrews 7:23-28; Hebrews 10:14-18;
Colossians 2:13-15; 1Corinthians 15:56-57; John 2:19;
1Corinthians 15:4-8; Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20-23;
1Timothy 2:5; John 14:5; Acts 4:1

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who regenerates the sinner, equips him with gifts for service, sanctifies him through the Word, in this present life and fits him to enjoy fellowship with God forever. For spiritual power and effectiveness His ministry is essential to the individual Christian and the church.

Bible References: 
2Corinthians 3:17-18; John 3:5-8; Romans 8:9;
2Thessalonians 2:13,14; Ephesians 4:11-13; John 17:17;
Ephesians 4:22-32; Acts 20:32; Zechariah 4:6

We believe that as a result of the Fall all men are sinful by nature. Sin pollutes and infects every part of their being, renders them unable to please God by their own efforts, makes them guilty in the sight of a holy God, and subject to the penalty which, in His wrath and condemnation, He has decreed against it.

Bible References:
Romans 5:12; Titus 1:15;
Romans 3:12; Mark 7:20-23; Romans 3:19;
Ephesians 3:2; 2Thessalonians 1:6-10

We believe that through faith alone in Christ alone the sinner is freely justified by God. The death of Christ was the final perfect sacrifice for our sins, and no sacrifice for sins remains to be offered today. On the basis of Christ’s sacrifice once offered, God forgives all our sins, and credits Christ’s righteousness to our account. Salvation is therefore a gift from God, and not a human achievement.

Bible References:
Ephesians 2:8-10; Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:22 & 28;
Romans 4:4-5; Hebrews 10:14-18; Hebrews 7:23-28;
Colossians 2:13-14; Romans 4:23-25; Romans 6:23

We believe that good works are the fruit and evidence of a true and living faith. By these believers express their thankfulness to God, make the gospel attractive; and demonstrate Christ’s love in the world. The believer’s ability to do good works comes not from himself but from the Holy Spirit who is at work in him.

Bible References: 
James 2:14-18; 2Peter 1:5-10; Psalm 116:12-14;
Philippians 1:11; Titus 2:9-10; Matthew 5:16;
John 15:5; Philippians 2:13; Ezekiel 36:26,27

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally, visibly and gloriously to this earth to raise all the death, both the just and the unjust. As the righteous Judge he will divide all men into two, and only two, categories – the saved and the lost. Those whose faith is in Christ will be saved eternally and will enter immediately into the joy of their Lord sharing with Him his inheritance in heaven. The unbelieving will be condemned by Him to hell, where eternally they will be punished for their sins under the righteous judgment of God.

Bible References:
Acts 1:11; Matthew 25:31-33; Acts 25:15; John 5:28,29;
John 5:24,25; Matthew 25:34; 1Thessalonians 4:13-18;
Matthew 25:41-42,46; 2Thessalonians 1:8,9;
Revelation 20:10

We believe that the church consists of the elect of God, that is, all those who in every age are born again of the Spirit of God and thus united to Christ their Head. We believe that a true local church exists where the following marks are evident, and are practised according to the Word of God: The preaching of the Gospel of Christ. The administration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The exercise of Church Discipline.

Bible References:
1Peter 1:1,2; Ephesians 1:1-5,11-13; 1Corinthians 1:2;
John 3:3,5; 1Corinthians 12:12-13,27; Mark 16:15;
Galatians 1:8-9; Matthew 28:19; 1Corinthians 11:23-26;
Matthew 18:15-18; 1Corinthians 5:12-6:3

1) Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, to be to the person baptised, a sign of his fellowship with Him, in His death and resurrection, of his been engrafted into Him, of remission of sins and of giving up to God, through Jesus Christ, to live and walk in newness of life.

Bible References:
Matthew 28:19; 1Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:12;
Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:5; Titus 3:5; Mark 1:4;
Romans 6:3,4; Matthew 28:19-20

2) The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Bible References:
Matthew 3:1; John 1:33; Matthew 18:19-20

3) Only those who with evidence of a professed faith in and obedience to Christ are to be baptized and none other. Immersion of the whole person under water is normal for the administration of this ordinance.

Bible References: 
Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:6; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12-37;
Acts 10:47-48; Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39

Our Lord Jesus, in the night when he was betrayed, instituted the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper, to be observed in his church to the end of the world. This ordinance is for the perpetual remembrance of the sacrifice of the Lord on Calvary. In this ordinance Christ is proclaimed, and through faith in Him our union and communion with Christ and with each other as members of His body is confirmed.

Bible References:
1Corinthians 11:23-26; 1Corinthians 10:16-17,21;
1Corinthians 12:13

* In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor is any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sins of the living or dead; but only a memorial of that one offering up of Himself, by Himself, upon the cross, once for all. No change takes place in the substance of the bread and wine during this ordinance.

Bible References:
Hebrews 9:22,25-28; 1Corinthians 11:24-26;
Matthew 26:26-27