Giving Thanks When The Water Is Over Your Head
by Jim Brannon
In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, our primary mission as a Southern Baptist Church is to:
1. Exalt – Bring honor and glory to God. Do all things in the strength that God provides in order that He may be glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11).
2. Evangelize – Be used of God to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved (Acts1:8).
3. Edify – Promote a worship environment in which all members are encouraged and equipped to continue to grow in their walk with the Lord and in their willingness to give of themselves and their resources as God leads them to minister to the needs of others, both inside and outside the walls of the church (Eph. 4:11-13).
As a New Testament Church, we believe that the mission of Redeemer Baptist Church involves, but is not limited to the following:
1. Promoting Practical Faith/Inerrancy of Scripture – Exercising faith in the authority and sufficiency of our Almighty God and in His revealed truth, the Bible, which is the sole authority for faith and practice and the supreme standard by which all human conduct should be tried.1
*Our goal is to provide a worship experience that is focused on declaration of biblical truths, scriptural challenges, and the relevancy of God’s Word to all aspects of our everyday lives (II Tim. 3:16-17).
2. Discipleship – Growing in our expectation that God acts on behalf of His people in an unmistakable way (Eph. 3:20-21).
*Our goal is to provide biblically based discipleship training that emphasizes increased:
-Understanding of God’s Word through ongoing Bible study (II Tim. 2:15).
-Dependency upon God’s power to equip His church to meet the ministry needs of others through a regular emphasis on corporate prayer (I John 5:14-15).
3. Missions/Ministry – Being continuously mission-minded in our focus (Matt. 28:19-20).
*Our goals are to:
-Identify on an ongoing basis the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our community and to respond to them at the point of the need rather than expecting these persons to come to us.
1Herschel H. Hobbs,The Baptist Faith and Message (Tract Editor Baptist Sunday School Board, 1963), p.4 & 7.
-Remain open to different styles of ministry and to opportunities for such outreach as God may direct (home Bible study, youth rallies and lock-ins, trailer park services, prison ministry, volunteer services to programs reaching special needs groups, etc.).
-Provide an environment in which people from a variety of backgrounds can feel accepted and valued for their contributions to the ongoing work of the Church.
4. Lordship/Commitment – Being unashamedly committed to God’s standards at all times. The church should teach obedience in all areas and reflect a visible demonstration of Christ’s Lordship in each member’s life (i.e. tithe, talent, time, resources, service) (Matt. 7:2 1).
*Our goal is to foster a fellowship of believers where membership is not taken lightly, and should only be considered after each prospective member has:
-Undergone instruction in basic Christian beliefs as set forth in The Baptist Faith and Message as well as Church expectations of its members.
-Reached a personal decision to commit their time, energy, and resources to the above purposes as we labor together as a Church family to advance the Kingdom of God.
5. Accountability/Fellowship – Requiring accountability on the part of its membership. It is only through maintaining a focus on the example of Jesus Christ that we can realize the true joys of Christian living, maintain an effective witness in our community, and realize God’s ultimate blessing on our lives; that is, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” God’s blessings are always accompanied by increased expectations and accountability before Him (Jere. 17:10) and to each other as co-laborers in His church (Gal. 6:9-10).
*Our goal is to provide an environment that:
-Promotes strong in-reach ministry.
-Fosters a responsive Christian fellowship in which each member shares an ongoing concern for the spiritual growth and welfare of each of his or her brothers and sisters (Heb. 10:24-25).
Revised this 21St day of February, 1999 by a quorum of voting members of Redeemer Baptist Church.