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1.   The Lordship of Jesus Christ
2.   Bible-Centered Preaching and Teaching
3.   The Priority of Prayer and Dependence on the Spirit of God
4.   Outreach to the Lost
5.   Inspiring Worship
6.   Spiritual Growth in the Life of Every Christian
7.   Commitment to the Great Commission
8.   Christ-Centered Fellowship
9.   Ministry to Strengthen Families
10.   Godly Leadership Equipping Every Member to Minister
11.   Stewardship of Our Whole Lives
12.   Reaching Our Contemporary World

The Lordship of Jesus Christ


We affirm the Lordship (Colossians 2:9; Acts 2:36) of Jesus Christ and His leadership as the head of our church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23).  As a church and as individuals we submit our will to His.  top


Bible-Centered Preaching and Teaching


We affirm the centrality of the Bible, God's Word, in our preaching and teaching.  The Bible is the authority (II Timothy 3:16) for our faith and life as a church.  We are committed to equipping people through Biblical instruction that addresses the opportunities and challenges of everyday life and calls on people to follow Jesus Christ in every sphere of their lives.  top


The Priority of Prayer and Dependence on the Spirit of God


We depend on the Spirit of God for our direction (John 16:13; Romans 8:14) as a church and for the spiritual resources to fulfill our calling.  We rely on private and corporate prayer to discern God's will (James 1:5) in the conception, planning, and implementation of all of the ministries and activities of our church.   top


Outreach to the Lost


We value people, and we desire for all people to have a dynamic, growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We know lost people matter to God (John 3:16), so they matter to us, too.  We seek to bring the unchurched (Mark 16:15) into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and into our community of faith.   top


Inspiring Worship


We seek to demonstrate God's supreme worth in our personal lives and in our church through our private devotion and our corporate worship.  We aim to provide inspiring worship experiences in a variety of worship styles which cultivate an authentic and meaningful encounter between each individual and our living God.  We encourage people to praise God joyfully (Psalm 100:1-2) and to serve Him gladly with a heart of love and gratitude in response to His grace.   top


Spiritual Growth in the Life of Every Christian


We believe all followers of Jesus Christ are called to grow in their faith and to become like Him.  We are committed to helping people grow to spiritual maturity through an emphasis on training in discipleship, the encouragement of supportive relationships (Ephesians 4:16) with other Christians, and the provision of opportunities for discovering and exercising one's spiritual gifts (Ephesians 4:11).  top  


Commitment to the Great Commission


We are committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) of Jesus Christ to go and make disciples of all nations.  The focus of our missionary endeavor begins in our own community--our own "Jerusalem" (Acts 1:8), and every member has a responsibility to be a witness in the way God wants to use us where we live, work, go to school, and play.  We also have a heart for the whole world.  We fulfill our commitment to missions through prayer, active ministry to the physical and spiritual needs (James 2:15-17) of people in our community and throughout the world, and financial support.   top


Christ-Centered Fellowship


We value Christian fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25).  We affirm our calling to live, love, learn, and laugh together in unity as the Body of Christ.  We take seriously our identity as a family of faith (Ephesians 3:15) where we accept one another and are accepted, love and are loved, care and are cared for, encourage and are encouraged, forgive and are forgiven, and serve and are served.  We have a vital place for everyone--young and old, single and married, male and female, whatever native language and cultural background.   top


Ministry to Strengthen Families


We seek to provide a nurturing environment of support and guidance which strengthens families.  We are committed to a partnership with the home in providing strong youth and children's ministries.   top


Godly Leadership Equipping Every Member to Minister


We value leadership which is obedient to God and servant in nature.  We look to pastoral leadership "to prepare God's people for works of service so that the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:12-13).  We believe God has called every Christian to minister and has given gifts to every Christian to fulfill the ministry to which they are called.  The church is most healthy and functioning most effectively (Ephesians 4:16) when every member is discovering, cultivating, and using their God-given spiritual gifts faithfully in ministry.   top


Stewardship of Our Whole Lives


We acknowledge that "the earth is the Lord's, and everything in it" (Psalm 24:1) and we are stewards who are accountable (I Corinthians 4:2) to God for our use of every material and spiritual blessing He has entrusted to us (Matthew 25:21).   top


Reaching Our Contemporary World


We are committed to new approaches to sharing the gospel without compromise in our contemporary world.  We believe God gave His best to us in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).  Consequently, we believe God deserves the very best (I Corinthians 6:19-20) we have to offer in our ministries and activities - to His glory.  top



These values reflect our best understanding of who we are at First Baptist Church of Springfield, Virginia.  They are at the core of our life together and define us.  While some of these values are clearly evident in every area of our church's life, some remain goals for us to embody even more fully.  We aspire to become completely who we are as God's church through His help and the power of His Spirit.


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