Who We Are
Faith Baptist Church exists to further the gospel by Experiencing Faith through Encountering God, Experiencing God Together, and Emptying Self.
- ENCOUNTER GOD by discovering truth through Biblical preaching and God-centered worship
- EXPERIENCE GOD TOGETHER by connecting to a small group where genuine relationships with each other can be built
- EMPTY SELF by engaging in serving each other, our neighborhood, and the world
While reading through the Gospels and understanding more of Jesus’ life, one can be struck with amazement as to how often Jesus condemns the Pharisees and Sadducees. Why do these small and short-lived religious groups receive so much attention and focus from Jesus for us to read about 2000 years later? The answer to that is one that turns inward and forces us to come to terms with the frailty of humanity: Because the Pharisees and Sadducees perfectly represent man’s natural and sinful tendency to embrace a religion that separates itself from a true, personal encounter and walk with God!
In Mark 12:30, Jesus reveals the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” In Hebrews 1:1-3 we are told how Jesus is the true key to Encountering God: “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” Therefore, religion is man-centered with man in his sinful pride dictating his terms to God. In contrast, true Christianity is God-centered with man responding to God’s invitation to encounter Him, and where there is true Christianity, worship always follows. Worship is believers ultimately expressing their love for God (and for one another) through our salvation in Christ Jesus! Though we are to seek, worship and encounter God daily on an individual basis, Sunday worship for believers is the highest expression of man toward God. Worship each Sunday involves letting go of our preoccupation of attending to our distractions and focusing on attending absolutely on loving God, encountering Him, and experiencing faith. Encountering God is recognizing that life is not about me; it is not about you. Life is all about encountering God through Jesus Christ! While the Pharisees put up obstacles to approaching God and His goodness, grace, and salvation, our goal at Faith Baptist is to encounter God through Jesus who, to paraphrase Hebrews 1:3, perfectly mirrors God’s glory, is stamped with God’s character, and upholds the whole universe by His almighty word.
Encountering God is recognizing that life is not about me.
Therefore, when we at Faith encourage people to Encounter God, we are referring to our corporate worship time on Sundays. The time spent in expository preaching, raising hands and voices to the glory of His name in music, or corporate prayer and scripture reading is a response to the work of Jesus in our lives. We leave our pride and daily struggles at the front doors and Encounter God.
We want to Experience Faith at our church! We invite you to come ready to Encounter God as one of our predominant themes and emphases.
Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 5:15-20; Acts 2:42-45; John 4:19-24; Luke 18:9-14; Luke 19:45-46
Experience God Together
Experiencing God Together is a catch phrase for focusing on growing in our relationship with God and others. It is summarized by Jesus in the great commandment in Mark 12:30-31: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” As we grow in our relationship with God we learn to love Him more in every area of our life and this in turn causes us to love others around us more as well.
The emphasis is on the fact that these are things that are best done in community rather than off alone by ourselves somewhere on a mountain covered in pine trees or in a pasture full of cows. The truth is that God has not designed us to be alone (Genesis 2:18) and in His wisdom has created the church to be that place of community. In community we have a better environment to allow God to get deep into our lives and change the things we cannot change by ourselves. In community we study the Bible, pray together, do life together, and serve as a team. This is exactly what we see the early church doing in the book of Acts (Acts 2:42-47).
God has not designed us to be alone and in His wisdom has created the church to be that place of community.
Why was being together so important to them? It is because it is the way God has designed His church. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, and he describes it this way:
"...but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love." - Ephesians 4:15-16
Notice the interaction between the different members of the body when each one is doing his or her own part correctly: this causes the growth of the body! When we are sitting around a table eating, or praying, or wrestling with a passage of Scripture, we each bring our own individual strengths to this process, and the end result is that we experience genuine growth. We experience the presence of God as His people together, and this changes us in ways that cannot always be described or predicted.
Philippians 2:7 informs us that Christ, “…emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.” Christ humbled himself and endured the struggles of humanity, willingly dying on the cross for a crime He did not commit. While this a beautiful representation of the love of God, the story does not end there, for verses 10-11 tells us that Christ did this so that, “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” We at Faith seek to imitate Christ by emptying ourselves so that all would come to know and glorify the name of Jesus. Therefore, Empty Self is part of the discipleship process at Faith Baptist Church, for by serving the Lord we grow into stronger disciples of Christ.
We believe that a follower of Christ serves the Lord by serving in both the church and outside the church. Emptying Self in the church involves teaching Sunday School, preparing meals, greeting at doors and in the parking lot, leading music, leading preschoolers and many other areas of service. Each believer is gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve within the church and all believers have to play their part for the body of Christ to function properly (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Each believer is gifted by the Holy Spirit to serve within the church and all believers have to play their part for the body of Christ to function properly.
As has been mentioned, we at Faith hold that Christians are also commanded to Empty Self outside the church. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 makes this clear as we are to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” The command of Jesus to go to all nations is still valid today and we believe it is our responsibility to venture outside the walls of the church to tell of the good news in Christ. This includes giving financially to support ministries in Wichita Falls, around the nation, and across the world, but it also goes beyond our wallets to include praying for those outside of our church, serving those outside of our walls, and physically going across cultures to reach people for the sake of Christ. A list of our church supported ministries can be found here.
If believers in Christ are not serving others inside and outside their church, we believe they are missing an important part of their growth in Christ. Believers cannot simply breathe in God’s Word, attend church, and then never breathe it out through serving others or they will become stagnant and die. Although we live in a fast paced world, Empty Self is vital to our spiritual health and becoming more like Christ.
Philippians 2:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Matthew 28:18-20