Philosophy of Ministry

Mission

The mission of First Baptist Church is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to baptize those who have been converted to Christ, and to disciple them through the teaching and modeling of Scripture so that every person may be presented mature in Christ.

 

Foundational Stones

A High View of God

The God of the Bible is holy, righteous, merciful, and faithful. What truly matters in church ministry is ultimately what matters to God in church ministry.

An Affirmation of God's Word

The Word of God is sufficient (2 Tim 3:17; Heb 4:12). The sufficiency of the Bible is not limited to the sphere of the personal spiritual life. Rather, the Bible is completely sufficient for the sphere of church ministry as well. The Bible contains all that we need to know concerning what church ministry ought to look like and how it ought to operate.

An Accurate View of Man

The Scripture confronts man with two important realities: 1) Man is totally depraved (Rom 3:10-12; Jer 17:9-10). Therefore, the message that the church preaches cannot be manipulated in the hope that men will receive it. 2) Man was originally created to glorify God, but glorifies self (Rom 3:23). Unless continually monitored, the natural tendency of the church slips toward self-worship instead of God-worship.

Godly Qualified Leaders

Church leaders are called to model true Christian character to the body of Christ (1 Thess 2:4-12; 1 Tim 3:1-3; Tit 1:5-9; 1 Pet 1:1-5) and to equip the body of Christ to carry out the work of the ministry (Eph 4:12). Such a high calling ought to create a sense of reservation and intimidation for any believer filling this role. But God uses Godly, qualified leaders to accomplish His work in the church.

 

What is the Church?

The church refers to the gathering of believers, not unbelievers. The focus of the ministry of the church ought to be for believers, not unbelievers. In conclusion, when the New Testament refers to the church, it is referring to people, not an institution, society, gathering place, or business.

 

What is the Purpose of the Church?

What is the purpose of the church? The answer to this important question focuses the ministry of the church.

The Glory of God

The ultimate purpose for the existence of the church is that it brings God glory. Isaiah 42:8 reveals that God desires glory and is jealous for His glory (cf. Isa 48:9-11). God called out the Israelites as a nation and chose them to be His special people, so that He might get glory. He created His special people for His own glory (Isa 43:7). Paul declares in Romans 10:36 that all glory is due His name. Ultimately, everything exists for the glory of God. This is the reason why redeemed men and women are exhorted to do all things for the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31).

Through Heavenly Worship

Ephesians 3:10 reveals that the church uncovers the wisdom of God to the angelic world. God uses the church to reveal His wisdom to the angelic world in order that He might receive glory through their resonating praise to the revealed wisdom. The church invokes heavenly worship to the praise of God’s glory.

Through a Body of Worship

God redeems men and women for the praise of His glory. Three times in Paul’s extensive discourse on salvation in Ephesians 1:3-14 he provides a glimpse of the purpose behind salvation: the praise of God’s glory (1:6, 12, 14). Earlier, he reminded the Roman readers in Romans 15:9 that God redeems Gentiles so that they “might glorify God for his mercy.” Revelation 5:11-14 pictures a heavenly chorus of the redeemed praising God for His mercy. The church is the earthly choir. The church glorifies God by becoming a body of worship. Therefore, it exists to worship God to the praise of His of glory.

First Baptist Church exists for the glory of God. We are here as a body to glorify God. We glorify God by revealing the wisdom of God to the angelic host, resulting in their praise; and we glorify God by functioning as a body of worship bringing praise to God in all that is done.

 

Getting Worship Right

If worship to the glory of God is the ultimate reason for the church, then the New Testament must shape our understanding of what true worship entails. Unfortunately, in contemporary culture, worship has been reduced to merely an event, a day of the week, or a style of music. In reality, the Bible presents a much broader, more comprehensive understanding of worship. Romans 12:1-2 provides this broad understanding of worship. 

This passage reveals that worship is a lifestyle, not an activity. All of life is worship, not simply a designated part of our lives. All Christians are called to present their bodies to the Lord in worship. This is accomplished through the renewing of our minds, resulting in a change of lifestyle. Clearly, worship is more than an activity. How First Baptist Church obeys the Lord’s directives for the church in Scripture correlates directly to our faithfulness in worshipping our God. Worship is an obedient response to all that God has commanded. Worship is life.

 

First Baptist Church: Worship is Life

 

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