Our Vision Statement:
We are a Christ-centered and culturally relevant community of believers committed to the cause of Christ. We are consistent and intentional in striving to become better informed, more responsible followers of Jesus Christ. We are purposeful in our effort to demonstrate the love of God to others, by presenting the gospel in our words and our deeds. We are devoted to loving one another in Christ, and using our gifts for the equipping of the saints and the advancement of the kingdom.
Our logo is a simple representation and reminder that the center of everything we are and everything we do as a church is the completed work of the cross. Jesus’ death was the atonement for our sins. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is our victory over all things and our inheritance in Christ.
Our Statement of Faith
What We Teach and Believe
We believe in the one only true and living God, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who is infinite, eternal, unchanging, and is revealed in nature, and in scripture. We believe that he has been revealed to us in Holy Scripture as the God the Father, the Head of the Trinity. We believe in God the Son, the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. We believe that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and walked the earth in human flesh, always fully human, and always fully divine. We believe that he died on the cross, his blood the atoning factor for our sins. We believe that Jesus lived to reveal God the Father, he died to redeem man, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for all believers. We believe that Christ will return one day and will receive His church. We believe in God the Holy Spirit, a person, who is the promise of the God the Son, sent from God the Father to convict the world of sin, to comfort the church, and to teach, guide, strengthen and perfect every believer. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. One God in three Persons.
The Sinful Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that after being tempted by Satan, man sinned. Since the original sin, all people have been born in sin. The original tempter was Satan, the personal evil, who with his angels has been working iniquity among the people of the world. Sin is defined as nonconformity to the will of God, and it leads to death and eternal separation from God.
We believe that God provided a way for our reconciliation to Him, that Way is Jesus Christ. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins with His death on the cross, His blood being the atoning factor. By accepting this redemption, we become joint heirs with Christ, and escape the condemnation and the wrath of God.
We believe that salvation is given to humanity by God’s grace, and received by humanity through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe those who do accept Jesus as savior are eternally secure. We believe that every Christian is obligated to present the gospel to all mankind, that each may have the opportunity to eternal life.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and is the absolute authority in determining the faith and practice of God’s people. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible are inerrant, divinely and uniquely inspired, and are given to mankind written as they were inspired by the Spirit of God. These Scriptures are divinely intended for personal study and interpretation, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
We believe the church is a baptized body of believers in Christ covenanted together to obey the teachings of the Bible, in doctrine, worship and practice We believe that the church is the Bride of Christ, and is his representative in the world, until his return. We believe baptism to be the symbolic act of a saved believer representing the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We believe that water baptism in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is keeping with the command of Christ, as given in the scripture. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to be observed by the church by the taking of bread and wine as a memorial of the Lord’s death.
A Secular (world-view) Definition
church (chûrch) n. Abbr. c., C., ch., Ch.
A building for public, especially Christian worship.
1.The company of all Christians regarded as a mystic spiritual body.
2. A specified Christian denomination: the Presbyterian Church.
3. A congregation.
4. Public divine worship in a church; a religious service: goes to church at Christmas and Easter.
5. The clerical profession; clergy.
6 .Ecclesiastical power as distinguished from the secular: the separation of church and state.
A Biblical Definition
The New Testament word for “church” is ekklesia, which means “the called out ones.” When we come to the New Testament, we discover that ekklesia is used of the community of God’s people some 109 times (out of 114 occurrences of the term). First, predominantly ekklesia (both in the singular and plural) applies to a local assembly of those who profess faith in and allegiance to Christ. Second, ekklesia designates the universal church (Acts 8:3; 9:31; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 15:9, Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). Third, the ekklesia is God’s congregation (1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1
The church is not a building or a congregation of just people, but the church is the people of God. The church, as the bible defines it, is an assembly of called out, born again, baptized believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. It is His church, he founded it, he died for it, and he will be coming back for it. The Holy Bible is the rulebook of the church. It serves as the final court of arbitration in matters concerning policy, procedure and government. The church is not an organization in the sense that most people would define the word. Rather it is a divine organism. It lives, reproduces after it’s kind, and is part of God’s eternal plan of salvation for man.
Membership in the local church is the exclusive privilege of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. Membership in the local church does not save an individual, but membership in the local church is evidence of an individual’s salvation. The people of God are called out, and called together. Hebrews 10:25, “ Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” The church exists because Jesus founded it, and then died to redeem it. The church happens, when the people of God come together to do the work of God.
THE CHURCH CONCEIVED – Matthew 16:16-19 – Faith
The Church was conceived through the command of Christ. However, Jesus did not issue that command until the faith of man was exhibited
THE CHURCH BORN – Acts 2:1-3 – Obedience
The Church was born when from obedience to the command of Christ; the disciples received the promise of Christ.
THE CHURCH GROWS – Acts 2:1-47 – Power
The Church goes grows and operates only under power of the Holy Spirit. The Power of the Holy Spirit manifests itself in the miraculous such as signs and wonders, but also in the mundane, such as the faithful and committed membership of people who have chosen to walk in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
The Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church exists because of the Biblical imperatives that the church be established at the command of God. (Matthew 16:18) Our God given mission is to share the good news of Christ to the entire world in concentric spirals of influence. (Acts 1:8) We do this through preaching, teaching, and evangelism. We seek to impart the Word to impact the world. The Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church seeks to introduce people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, assist them in discovering, and developing their unique spiritual gifts, and natural talents for the Glory of God, and benefit of humanity. (Ephesians 4:12) The Greater Mount Olive Church is here to be place of healing for the hurt, with everyone assisting to help one another in Christian love. (Romans 15:1; Ephesians 4:2)
FOUR – FOLD PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
There are 4 purposes of the Church, that we call the Four E’s:
EXALT, ENCOURAGE, EQUIP, EVANGELIZE
WE EXALT THE SAVIOR IN WORSHIP
The Bible instructs us to Love the Lord with all of our hearts, soul and might. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30) We demonstrate our love for God in many ways, but worship is the ultimate priority for the believer. Worship is honor and adoration directed to God. It is our innermost being responding to God with praise, not only for all that he has done, but also responding to all that he is. We worship God because he is God. Because He is God, He is good. Worship is coming to grips with the reality of the holiness of God. We exalt God or worship him through our actions, attitudes, words, and thoughts. Our goal in worship is to be totally and completely obsessed and consumed with who God is, and what he has done for us. Every other thought and concern takes a back seat to the glory that God has revealed to us through his word, and reinforces in through the Holy Ghost. This is true exaltation. (John 4:23-24) Worship is done in a corporate setting. The people of God come together to worship God together. (Psalms 34:3, Hebrews 10:25)
WE ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER IN FELLOWSHIP
We come together to worship, but we also come together in fellowship. We become part of the fellowship of believers through baptism. Jesus gave us the command to baptize. Baptism is not a symbol of salvation, nor is it a requirement to be saved. Baptism is a symbol of fellowship. It’s an outward manifestation of our incorporation into the body of Christ. (Ephesians 2:19; 1 Peter 2:9) The church is a body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the head, and all believers comprise the body. We are to belong, not just believe. The purpose of the body is for each part of the body to work in harmony with every other part, for the good of each part and the whole. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) Fellowship is predicated on the commandment of God that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) The members of the church are to love each other, just as Christ loved the church. (John 13:34, 15:12) Fellowship involves being concerned and involved in the lives of your Brothers and Sisters in Christ. (Romans 12:15) It is our fellowship with one another that serves as the litmus of our relationship with God. (1 John 3:14; 1 John 4:7-21)
WE EQUIP EACH OTHER BY DISCIPLESHIP
Equipping is the same being prepared. Discipleship is the process of becoming prepared. We are all called to be Disciples of Christ. In being a disciple, it is our job to make disciples. (Mark 1:17) The first order of making disciples is teaching. Jesus told us to make disciples by teaching them. (Matthew 28:20) The church is to preach Jesus, warning and teaching, so that everyone may be presented man perfect in Christ Jesus. (Colossians 1:28) God has given every believer certain gifts or talents that are to be used for the building of God’s kingdom. Not everyone has the same gift, but everyone has the same purpose for his or her gift. God builds his kingdom through the lives of people who are a part of the kingdom. Each gift that God gives us is for the benefit of one another and for the kingdom. (Ephesians 4:1-16) The church is to prepare its members to become and develop as disciples.
WE EVANGELIZE THROUGH STEWARDSHIP
The Great Commission given to the church by Jesus himself is to evangelize. What that means is that the believer is commanded by Christ to be a witness. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8) Many believe that to fulfill that one must become a full time evangelist as a vocation. However, evangelism is not necessarily a vocation, but rather a way of life. Stewardship is what you do with the resources that God has entrusted you with. Stewardship involves, your time, your abilities, your influence and your money. Evangelism through personal stewardship involves how you invest what you have in order to win others to Christ. We are all stewards, and God requires of us faithful stewardship. (1 Corinthians 4:2)
Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church is a covenant church. A covenant is a contract or promise. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have entered into a covenant with God. We are saved because we believed the promises God made to us. First and foremost, he promised us eternal life. He also promised to never leave or forsake us, he promised to give us strength when we are weak, to our help in trouble. The list goes on and on. There are literally hundreds of promises that God has made us in his word. However, there are always two sides to a contract, God promises us, but we also promise him. He promises to save us, we promise to submit to him. He promises to lead us, we promise to follow. The biggest promise or covenant agreement that we have with God is to simply trust him. God requires that we have must have faith. In fact, it’s impossible to please God without faith. (Hebrews 11:6)
To hold up to our end of the covenant with God, we must have faith, and also be faithful. We are in covenant with God as individuals, but also collectively as his church. The church covenant is an agreement with God, and with one another to be faithful to God, to his church, and to each other.
Each member of the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church promises to do all within their power to keep the promises we made to God, his church and his people. The promise is to be faithful. We are faithful to God, because God is faithful to us. We are faithful to the church, because the church belongs to God. We are faithful to each other, because we are the church, God’s people.