Our Mission and Core Values
God’s #1 desire is His own glory. Isaiah 48:11 (ESV) says, “For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” God’s plan to glorify Himself is shown in how He has orchestrated all of human history to glorify His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to glorify His Father by reconciling sinners to Himself. Jesus is not a means to some other end (just a ticket to eternal life, or fire insurance), He is the end! Colossians 1:16 (ESV) says, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.” Therefore, our passion in all that we do as a local body of believers is to live to display that Jesus Christ is our treasure. We strive to do this by living out the following mission statement:
Pineview Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ among all nations.
As we strive by God’s grace through His Spirit to live out this passion for His glory to be seen and savored in Jesus Christ, the following core values drive everything we do as a church.
1. Biblical Proclamation – Expository Preaching and Gospel Centered Bible Studies
2 Timothy 4:1-2 (ESV) I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
The central part of our worship gatherings is to hear the preaching of God’s Word, the Bible. We practice what is called expository preaching. Expository preaching is focused on exposing the meaning of a particular passage in the Bible. This means that the main point of a particular passage is the main point of the sermon. We practice this because the Bible is God’s Word. We believe that God has spoken and we want to know what He has said. We are firmly committed to this practice because we know that God brings new life through His Word. We believe that He is at work in believers shaping them into the image of His Son (Rom 8:29) and that He primarily does this through His Word. All of our Bible Studies (Sunday School, Small Group, Men’s or Women’s Studies) are to be God-centered, faithful to Scripture, and saturated with the Gospel.
2. Atmosphere of Grace – A Welcoming Environment
We are sinners who have been transformed by radical grace and we want to express grace to one another.
3. God -Centered Worship (Christ-Exalting, Theologically Driven)
Psalm 115:1 (ESV) Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
God-centered worship is no less Christ-centered. As we gather together on Sundays as an assembly of believers, we want to be clear that we have gathered to worship the glorious God of the universe. We are very intentional about this. We structure our service to ensure that our focus is on Him and that it is not about us. We sing songs that are about God and the good news of what He has done through His Son’s sinless life, wrath absorbing crucifixion, and death-defeating resurrection. As we gather we cry out to God in prayer asking Him to work among us by His Spirit. We want to glorify and delight in Him!
4. Regenerate Church Membership
Acts 2:41-42 (ESV) 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Regenerate church membership simply means that the membership of a church is to be made up of believers only. The New Testament teaches that a believer is someone who has been born of God by the Holy Spirit leading to them repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone for their salvation. They are people whose lives have been changed by the Spirit of God through the Gospel. Believers’ lives are marked by perseverance in the Gospel. We believe that membership in a local church is not about just having our name on a roll. Instead it is a covenant relationship with other believers in Christ where we commit to Christ and one another to encourage, rebuke, and minister to one another as God is conforming us into the image of Christ. We don’t believe there is a category called “inactive” church member in the New Testament. Therefore, we take great care in receiving new members and also strive to practice church discipline if any of us fall into unrepentant sin. All of this is done in grace seasoned with love. We believe regenerate church membership is essential to being a healthy church.
5. Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in1 the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Biblical evangelism is shown when we are faithful to the message of the Gospel and faithful in presenting it to unbelievers. The message informs our methods of sharing the Gospel. We know that only God can give a spiritually dead sinner new life (Eph. 2:1-10). We also know that God uses his people to share the message faithfully in order to draw people to Himself. Therefore, we strive to be faithful to present the Gospel and entrust the results to God. Biblical discipleship is shown in believers investing their lives in other believers. It is not a program! It is centered on a relationship between a mature believer and a less mature believer (men discipling men and ladies discipling ladies). Discipleship involves this mature believer teaching the younger believer what it means to follow Christ. It will involve teaching him doctrine and modeling for him how this teaching is lived out. All of this is done with a confidence in God’s Word and His Spirit at work within His people.
6. Gospel-Centered Living
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 (ESV) 1Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you – unless you believed in vain.
The Gospel can be summarized under the headings of God, Man, Christ, and Response. The Bible teaches us that God is the sovereign Creator of the universe who created humans in his image to worship and delight in Him. Man however, rejected God’s authority and sinned against him. Therefore, man is born dead in sin and deserving of God’s wrath for all eternity in hell. The good news is that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took on human flesh and lived a sinless life, died on the cross absorbing the wrath of God on behalf of those would trust in him by faith, and was raised triumphant from the dead. Therefore, the response to the Gospel is to repent of one’s sins and believe in Christ. Repentance means that one acknowledges that God would be right to condemn him. Realizing this guilt one then must turn from his old way of life and turn to trust in Jesus. This
trustful believing is more than mental assent of facts. It is displayed in a transformed life. We believe the Gospel is not just the way into the Christian life, but it is the key to living the Christian life. We never leave the Gospel behind. Instead, it is central to our lives as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers or sisters. It is central to everything we do as believers! We do not live life in obedience to God hoping that He accepts us (legalism). Rather we live in obedience to God because He has accepted us in Christ (Gospel). Therefore, we strive to have relationships with others in our church to encourage one another in living lives powered by the Gospel.