Verse of the Day

Thursday, January 8, 2009

About Wayside Baptist Church

As people of God, we are to be active in making and equipping disciples. We will endeavor to reach the lost and un-churched with the message of the Gospel, baptize new converts, worship the risen Lord, teach the saved how to live as disciples of Christ, and minister to a world in need.

A. To be a dynamic spiritual body of believers empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.
B. To be a worshiping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing his person and lordship, and responding in obedience to his leadership.
C. To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.
D. To help people experience a growing knowledge of God and man.
E. To be a church which ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and the world in Jesus' name.
F. To be a church whose purpose is to be Christ-like in our daily living by emphasizing total surrender of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.

Statement of Basic Beliefs
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963 and amended in 1998 and in 2000. (see link at left to read the doctrinal statement in its entirety) We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the Church are believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper.
The early record of the church reads like the journal of a championship team headed to the playoffs. Empowered and emboldened by the Holy Spirit, the early believers took their game to the streets. Whether meeting together or scattered abroad, the early believers demonstrated incredible teamwork and focus. They moved forward to carry out Jesus’ game plan of taking the gospel to the masses. The believers’ commitment to prayer, Bible study, fellowship, mentoring, witnessing and sharing with one another encouraged other believers and strengthened their testimonies before the unsaved world around them. They understood God’s game plan involved putting belief into actions and plunged into service with absolute abandonment.The early believers could be compared to modern day athletes who practice and train several hours each day, maintain a strict diet, relentlessly study game film, and discipline both mind and body. These athletes are determined to give only their absolute best in order to aid the team in reaching its goal.Your team is the local church where you gather for worship, edification and service. Can your team depend on you to give your absolute best? Do you pursue excellence in spiritual discipline and ministry? Are you faithful to the task? What are your goals for service? Are you finding fulfillment in serving Jesus through your local church?Just as athletes discipline their minds, bodies, appetites and habits, we must discipline ourselves to be sure the choices we make enable us to grow strong in our relationship with Jesus. Developed spiritual discipline leads to a life of passion and joy and makes us valuable team members characterized by faithfulness, skill and maturity. It manifests itself not merely on Sunday morning, but in daily living and serving. Think about your day to day life. Do you strive to put others first? Are you quick to roll up your sleeves and get dirty in order to help someone else? Do you give generously and sacrificially of your money and time? These are the fruits of service we should offer freely as commanded by Christ.

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