Purpose & Vision
The purpose of the church is summed up in the commission Christ gave His disciples just before He ascended to Heaven: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18–20).
This last command of Christ should be our highest priority; every facet of church activity should in some way relate to this, the purpose of the church. Acts 5:42 records that the Jerusalem church was indeed fulfilling this purpose: “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” This young church was constantly engaged in making the Gospel known to the world.
With these passages as our guide, the purpose of Bible Baptist Church must be defined by the New Testament pattern of glorifying God and evangelizing the world. With this Biblical purpose clearly set forth, we believe we can have clear vision on how to carry out the work of God. This vision of God’s work can be seen in four complementary aspects:
- Make Christ Known
- Model Christ to the Next Generation
- Minister His Love to one Another
- Magnify Christ through the Word
Each year at Bible Baptist, Pastor Wiley leads the church in carrying out a yearly theme based upon a statement from God’s Word. Our theme this year is I WILL BUILD from Matthew 16:18. We are seeking a renewed emphasis on what Christ intends for the church to be. With the many different types of churches and religious practices today, we believe it is important to find our identity, not only as individuals, but as the church, the body of Christ, in the pages and instruction from God's Word. Many different methods are tried to build up the church of God, but we know that true growth can only stem from Christ. He is the One Who will build His church. We invite you to join us this year as we see how Christ will continue building His church.
(I Cor. 10:31; Eph. 3:21; Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8)