What We Believe

Worship:


We believe that we were created to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7) and to enjoy Him forever. One way that we can glorify God is by worshiping and praising Him (Psalm 86:12). At Waleska First Baptist Church we believe that worship is a condition of our hearts. Worship is a lifestyle. We believe that we can worship through song, through prayer, and through the various other ways that we glorify God in our lives. Worship can take many different forms and styles. We believe that there are a few very important elements, however, that all worship should contain:

  1. Jesus tells us that real worship is done in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We believe that true worship must be empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. We also believe that true worship should be focused on and contain the truths of God’s Word.
  2. The Apostle Paul tells us that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). Thus, we believe that God and the good news of our Savior Jesus Christ should be the center and the focus of all of our worship.
  3. We believe that everyone is instructed to be a worshiper of God (Psalm 150). We believe that worship starts within the heart of the individual. We believe that corporate worship is a result of individual worship. We worship together as a result of our own personal worship. We believe that we are instructed to join together with other worshiping believers in corporate worship as often as we can (Ephesians 5:19-20).

Discipleship:


Before Jesus ascended into heaven he gave his disciples a command that we call the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). He commanded them saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The Great Commission gives us a healthy and biblical framework for discipleship.

  • First, Jesus told his disciples that as they were going throughout their lives they were to be making disciples. We believe that it is the responsibility of every believer to share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with others (Romans 10:14). We believe that as a church we should be teaching and preaching this Gospel message. We believe that we as a church should be committed to cultivating an environment in which people see the Gospel clearly and have ample opportunity to respond to the message of the Gospel.
  • Second, Jesus commands the disciples to Baptize believers in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We believe that Christ left the Church with two ordinances that we are to observe until He returns. Those ordinances are baptism and Communion. Baptism is a public recognition of the inward work of the Holy Spirit within the believer. As a church we encourage new believers to be baptized. Communion is a symbolic way of remembering and celebrating the sacrifice of Christ and the unity that believers share with Christ and with one another (Matthew 26:26-29). These ordinances highlight the importance of Christian community. Jesus intended for believers to grow and learn with other believers. At WFBC we are a community united in Christ (Ephesians 4:4). We serve together, worship together, learn together, and grow together.
  • Third, Jesus instructs his disciples to teach and to observe all that he had commanded. God’s Word, the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, are the foundation of the Church and of all that we do (Ephesians 2:20). We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). We believe that it is without error and that it is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:17). We believe that God’s Word should be the content of our teaching, preaching, and discipleship at WFBC. We strive to faithfully teach and preach the Word of God. We encourage one another within the church to follow the example of Christ and the instructions contained in the Bible. It is from God’s Holy Word that our faith, doctrine, and practice are derived.

Missions and Evangelism:


Contained within the Great Commission is a command for all believers to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). We believe that discipleship is not only the responsibility of vocational ministers or missionaries. We believe that discipleship is the responsibility of all Christians. We believe that all believers are instructed to share the Gospel message with others. Jesus also makes it clear that we are to share the Gospel locally, regionally, and globally with those who have never trusted Christ (Acts 1:8).

We believe that the ultimate goal of missions and evangelism is that God will be worshiped and glorified among all nations, tribes, and tongues (Philippians 2:10). God is glorified when people believe in Him and trust His way of salvation. Thus our goal in missions and evangelism is ultimately to bring glory to God by sharing the Gospel with the lost in our community, nation, and world.

We believe that all mankind is sinful by nature (Romans 3). The Bible also tells us that the consequences for sin are death and separation from fellowship and communion with God (Romans 6:23). We believe that our sinful nature blinds us to the goodness of God and His Word (Romans 1:18-32; Ephesians 2:1-4). We believe that apart from God’s grace we are unable to see the beauty of God and His glorious plan of salvation. We believe that conviction, repentance, and faith are gifts of God administered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:29-32; Acts 11:18; Zechariah 12:10). We believe that the only way to be saved is by God’s grace through faith in Christ Jesus (Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8). The Bible tells us that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to use believers and the proclamation of the Gospel to reach the lost (Romans 10). Thus we find our purpose in missions and evangelism.