COUNTYLINE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

 

CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS

 

CHRIST CENTERED, FAMILY FOCUSED

 

 

THE COUNTYLINE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH BELIEVES IN ONE GOD, WHO IS FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT AND THE SAVIOR OF ALL WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN HIM ALONE FOR ETERNAL LIFE.  WE BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHO ARE MADE NEW IN CHRIST ARE CALLED TO BE HOLY IN CHARACTER AND CONDUCT, AND CAN ONLY LIVE THIS WAY BY BEING FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.  WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLE AND ITS SUFFICIENCY TO ESTABLISH OUR FAITH AND CONDUCT.  WE BELIEVE GOD WILLS FOR PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO KNOW HIM AND BE MADE NEW IN CHRIST.  WE BELIEVE THAT THE PURPOSE OF COUNTYLINE IS TO WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH, AND TO REACH A LOST AND FALLEN WORLD WITH GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST THROUGH ITS WORSHIP, WITNESS, AND LOVING DEEDS.​

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE CORE VALUES OF THE COUNTYLINE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.  THIS IS THE “SOUL OF OUR CHURCH”:​

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY:  THE BIBLE IS GOD’S HOLY WORD.  IT UNIQUELY AND INFALLIBLY REVEALS GOD’S PLAN FOR HIS PEOPLE AND HOW TO LIVE OUT THAT PLAN, INDIVIDUALLY AND CORPORATELY.  BELIEFS, PRACTICES, PRIORITIES, AND OUR MISSION ARE TO BE ANCHORED IN CLEAR BIBLICAL TEACHINGS.

CHRISTLIKENESS:  JESUS CHRIST IS THE DEFINING FEATURE OF GOD’S WILL AND RELATIONSHIP WITH ALL HUMANKIND.  IN CHRIST IS FOUND BOTH NEWNESS OF LIFE AND THE HIGHEST AND CLEAREST EXAMPLE FOR GODLINESS.  PEOPLE MADE NEW IN CHRIST FIND HIM TO BE THE SOURCE OF FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE IN BOTH THE INNER LIFE AND IN OUR OUTWARD ACTIONS ENGAGING A WORLD DESPERATE FOR HOPE AND LIFE.​

DISCIPLE-MAKING:  MAKING DISCIPLES IS A CLEAR MANDATE FROM CHRIST.  THIS REQUIRES A STRONG MISSIONAL FOCUS ON EVANGELISM AND TRAINING IN SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND HOLY LIVING.  DONE EFFECTIVELY, THIS WILL PRODUCE AND PROMOTE GROWTH AND HEALTH IN AND AMONG THE CHURCHES.​

SERVANT LEADERSHIP:  THE MEMBERS OF COUNTYLINE RESPECT LEADERSHIP THAT IS PLACED OVER THEM, WHILE REALIZING THAT THE AUTHORITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP IS NOT PRIMARILY BESTOWED, BUT EARNED, AND IS CHARACTERIZED BY A LOVING AND WILLING HEART OF OBEDIENCE THAT SERVES GOD AND MANKIND GLADLY.  THE COUNTYLINE CHURCH DESIRES TO BE LEADERS IN SERVING.