Connect to King’s Grant
This is your chance to get to know all things King’s Grant with this three session Crash Course.
The KGBC Crash Course
Grow as a follower of Christ.
Understand the heartbeat of this family.
Deploy to make a difference in the world.
1. The King’s Grant Story
2. The Person You Were Meant to Be
3. You Are Destined for Impact
Bonus: The Leadership Lesson
Welcome to the Crash Course – WEEK ONE
THE STORY OF KING’S GRANT
The church was founded back on October 5, 1969 by those who believed that a Baptist church needed to be established in the new growing King’s Grant community. We started services meeting at Kingston Elementary School until the current property was purchased and buildings were constructed. The Rev. Jerry Holcomb was the first pastor of the newly incorporated church and spend 39 years investing his life and ministry into this community. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in October 2019 and expect God to continue working through us to make an impact on our community.
We exist as a community of faith to extend the love of Christ and His Kingdom in Virginia Beach and to the world.
This statement is our WHY: Why do we do what we do? There are three steps in this visionary process.
- Mending and Restoring of Relationships: we call this M1 (referring to MEMBER). Our desire and goal is to see people engaged in a right relationship with God, and then also into relationship and fellowship with others of like mind and faith. So, we have a vision that people would enter into God’s forever family through salvation and also connect with this local body of believers through church membership. It is here that we emphasize and exercise our first core value of COMMUNITY, in God’s family as well in the family at King’s Grant.
- Establishing and Laying a Foundation: we call this M2 (referring to MINISTER). We are not called by God to simply be saved, attend church, and go to heaven when we die, but we firmly believe that God saves us for a purpose, to be engaged in ministry to others. It is through ministry and service that God’s kingdom expands. The church is a place where followers of Jesus are equipped for the work of service (Ephesians 4:11-13) and carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). It is here that we emphasize and exercise our second core value of FAITH. We step our in faith to do the things that Jesus calls us to do, mainly growing in faith and serving others in Jesus’ name.
- Preparing and Training Others: we call this M3 (referring to living life on MISSION). While it is important and convenient to get involved in the ministries of the local church, we at times can become focused on ourselves. We are not called to simply create and maintain church programs, as important as they are in our spiritual growth. It is here that we emphasize and exercise our third core value of LOVE. At M3, people are living their faith outside of the walls of the church, making a difference in the community, schools, workplace, and marketplace. Our people are not just committed to serving others, but are responding to others our of love for them, over dutiful obedience to the biblical mandate.
This is a godly goal: When a disciple is living his or her life on MISSION, he or she constantly asks the question, “What would Jesus do?” People may be members, (connected to the community, M1), others may even be involved in a particular ministry (walking by faith and serving in the church, M2), but sadly, many Christians never move toward living a life on mission with Jesus, M3.
The HOW Behind the WHY: How do we carry out our core values?
It is important to understand the difference between our MISSION and our METHODS. Our mission never changes while our methods MUST change to reach an ever-changing culture around us. We will not reach 21st century lost people with methods from the 1970s. Here is a key statement on this: we are married to our mission but we only date our methods.
Everything we do needs to be embraced by one of our three core values of community, faith, and love. We are not here to entertain people on a Sunday morning or even transfer information in Bible study classes, but we are called to be missionaries to the places where God has sent us, making an everlasting impact on those in our circles of influence.
Never Forget the WHY:
Always remember the reason we have life in Jesus, to see people stranded in sin find life and liberty and forgiveness in Christ.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:10
OUR THEOLOGICAL BELIEFS:
About the Bible — we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, a record of God’s revelation of himself, written by men moved by the Holy Spirit, and is our only source of faith and practice.
About God — we believe in one personal God who exists eternally in three distinct persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; equal in power, authority, and glory.
About Jesus — we believe that Jesus is the virgin-born Messiah, the promised Deliverer who came to earth in human flesh, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, was buried, rose from the grave, and ascended to the Father, and will one day return for his followers to forever be with him in heaven.
About the Holy Spirit — we believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and indwells each follower of Jesus, assures us of our salvation, guides us in all truth, glorifies Jesus, and convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
About Mankind — we believe that all people are created in the image of God, both male and female, to have fellowship with God, but were alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience, inherited from the first couple, Adam and Eve. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own human efforts.
About Salvation — we believe that the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross, provides the only way for forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus as sufficient payment for their sin. As a gift from God, salvation cannot be earned through human effort.
About the Church — we believe in the universal church, the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church consist of all true believers from all times and locations over the earth. The local church is an organized body of baptized believers, united in purpose, to bring glory to God, and to spread the message of the gospel, and to extend the love of Christ and his kingdom around the world. The local church exists for those who are not yet members of the universal church.
About Eternity — we believe in the personal, visible, and bodily return of Jesus to call home his followers, in a bodily resurrection from the dead, to forever be with the Lord, receive their rewards for faithfulness. Those without Christ will be raised in the last day for final judgment.
OUR LIFESTYLE BELIEFS:
These are the things we put into practice because of what we believe as Baptists. Beliefs don’t mean much is we don’t put them into action.
Bible — this book is God’s revelation of himself to mankind. Al that we know of God comes from what he has chosen to reveal to us. This book is living and active (Hebrew 4:12) our only source of faith and practice.
Autonomy of the Local Church — we are not a part of a hierarchical organization whereby a synod or diocese tells us what to believe, how to worship, or who will be our pastor. We are autonomous as a church yet we voluntarily cooperate with like-minded partners, guided by the Holy Spirit, to carrying out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). Baptists operate under congregational rule guided by the Holy Spirit.
Priesthood of the Believer — each follower of Jesus has direct access to God the Father through the Son (John 14:6) and does not need an earthly mediator like a priest (1 Timothy 2:5). We confess our sins directly to God and he is faith to cleanse us (1 John 1:9).
Tithing — followers of Jesus are to support and fund God’s will and God’s work in God’s way. We don’t raise funds but expect God’s children to support the church’s operation and ministries through tithes and offerings, giving regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2) and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) to fund the church budget.
Immersion — the proper mode of baptism is by immersion, not sprinkling or pouring. Baptism is for believers only so we don’t baptize infants or children who don’t understand the gospel message. The proper order of salvation is faith first, then as an act of obedience, one experiences believer’s baptism by immersion.
Sanctification — this is a fancy word for becoming more and more like Jesus over a lifetime. While we never reach perfection this side of heaven, but we are called and set apart for a purpose, to conform to the image of Jesus himself (Romans 8:29). Our sanctification is God’s will (1 Thessalonians 4:3).
Testimony — as followers of Jesus, each believer has a story to tell. One is YOUR story about how Jesus has changed your life, and the other story is HIS story about what Jesus did to bring salvation to sinful and lost humanity. It is the responsibility and privilege of every believer to bear witness of how Christ has changed your life; telling this story is not only reserved for professional pastors and missionaries.
These beliefs challenge us to modify our behavior. For fun, notice the first letter of each of this Lifestyle Beliefs… if you don’t have any issues with this teaching, you won’t have any issues being Baptist!
Make sure to look at the statement of KGBC regarding our Faith and Principles adopted in 2006 (at the end of this page).
When you make the commitment to follow Jesus, you begin your lifelong journey…
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7
The progression of this journey consists of four steps:
- Mending and restoring of relationships: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord…” (M1a—reconciliation with God).
- Making the church your spiritual home: “…having been firmly rooted and built up in him and established in your faith…” (M1b—reconciliation with others).
- Discovering your purpose in life: “…so walk in him…” (M2—spiritual growth and faithful service).
- Living a life on mission: “…just as you were instructed, overflowing with gratitude.” (M3—demonstrating love for God and others by living on mission with God).
This goal of this Connection Crash Course is for you to discover how God has designed you, and how you fit into what he is doing through the local church. Once you find it, you’re ready to live life on mission, destined to make an impact on eternity. Finding fulfillment in your spiritual life is available to those who tap into God’s calling on our lives.
YOUR NEXT STEPS:
Show up for session TWO, and bring with you…
Your written testimony. Consider including these points.
- What your life was like before coming to faith in Christ.
- How did you know God was drawing you toward himself.
- What did you do to begin your journey with Christ?
- What difference does it make to have Jesus in your life? (this is the most influential part).
Find out your personality type and your spiritual gift; basically discover how God has uniquely wired you with a gift, talent, or purpose so that you will rely upon his power (Acts 1:8) to utilize the gifts has given you. Visit these websites to discover the REAL YOU.
www.kgbc.us/gift — free spiritual gift inventory; this is the PRIMARY inventory we’d like you to take this week. The others are for fun and for self-awareness. You are NOT asked to support the makers of these inventories.
www.kgbc.us/mbti—free personality inventory measuring introversion/extroversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving.
www.kgbc.us/test—free online Enneagram inventory. Very good information and remember, you don’t have to purchase anything!
The Crash Course – WEEK TWO
THE PERSON YOU WERE MEANT TO BE
This session will help you understand the Discipleship Pathway, understanding the ways God has uniquely created you and crafted your personality, along with your spiritual gifts he has given you to help reveal the path to your greatest impact.
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Colossians 2:6-7
God has created you with a distinct personality and placed within you unique passions, interests, abilities, and gifts. As a part of the body of Christ, we all have a part to play; a specific calling God has placed on our lives.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” – Ephesians 4:1
But you can’t walk worthy if you don’t understand that call.
We want to help you better understand your unique giftedness, both on a personal and spiritual level, so that you can know your “worthy walk” as you follow after Jesus.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.“ – Psalm 139:14
TYPES AND LISTS OF GIFTS:
Motivational Gifts – Primarily Romans 12. These gifts get at the heart of who we are in Christ, recognizes our raw material and why we do certain functions with ease and effectiveness, yet we struggle to serve in other areas.
Prophecy—the gift of prophecy is the divine strength or ability to boldly speak and bring clarity to biblical and doctrinal truth. (Romans 12:6, Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Service—the gift of serving is the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ. (Romans 12:6, Acts 6:1-7, Galatians 6:10, 1 Timothy 1:16-18, Titus 3:14).
Teaching—the gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Bible, primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. (Romans 12:7, Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-14)
Exhortation—the gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to encourage others through the written or spoken word and biblical truth, whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to stand beside fellow Christians in need and bring comfort, counsel, and encouragement. (Romans 12:8, Acts 11:23-24, Acts 14:21-22, 1 Timothy 4:13, Hebrews 10:24-25).
Giving—the gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to produce wealth and to give resources for the advancement of God’s kingdom on earth, whereby the Spirit enables one to offer their material blessings for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness, and liberality. (Romans 12:8, Mark 12:41-44, 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 9:2-7).
Leadership—the gift of leadership (or administration) is the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level, while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea, directing and inspiring God’s people in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to do the church’s work effectively. (Luke 14:28-30, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17, Hebrews 13:7, 17).
Mercy—the gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy for others and care for those who are hurting or suffering so that they devote large amounts of time and energy to alleviate it. (Romans 12:8, Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 9:41, Luke 10:30-37, 1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Ministry Gifts – Primarily found in Ephesians 4. Any motivational gift can be expressed in a particular ministry.
Apostle—the gift of apostle is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new work for the kingdom, beginning new churches, classes, or ministries. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 15:22-35, 12:1-5, Acts 14:21-23, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 2:7).
Prophet—the gift of prophet is the divine strength or ability to interpret and apply God’s truth in a given situation. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29, 1 Corinthians 14.1-5, 1 Corinthians 14:30-33, 1 Corinthians 14:37-40).
Evangelist—the gift of evangelism is the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps toward becoming a born again disciple of the Lord Jesus. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 8.5-6, 26-40, 14:21, 21:8).
Pastor—the gift of pastor (or shepherd) is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal and spiritual needs of others by nurturing and leading them, whereby assuming responsibility for the spiritual welfare of a group of believers. (Ephesians 4:11, John 10:1-18, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5.1-11).
Teacher—the gift or teacher is the divine strength or ability to communicate the truths of God’s Word so that others can learn. (Ephesians 4:11, Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21, Hebrews 5:12-14, Matthew 10:25).
Manifestation Gifts – These gifts are the signs and wonders type gifts primarily found in 1 Corinthians 12. They are given in order for the Christian to perform a certain ministry and is given by the Spirit as he sees that this gift is necessary to fulfill a particular ministry; each believer is given a gift for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). There is debate on whether some gifts continued or ceased after the apostolic age.
Wisdom—the gift of wisdom is the divine strength or ability to apply the truths of Scripture in a practical way, producing the fruitful outcome and character of Jesus, understanding God’s will and work as it relates to the living of life. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Acts 6:3, 10, James 3:13-17).
Knowledge—the gift of knowledge is the divine strength or ability to bring clarity and to understand situations and circumstances, often accompanied by a word from God, whereby Christians understand in an exceptional way the great truths of God’s Word and to make them relevant in specific situations in the church. (1 Corinthians 12:8, Acts 5:1-11, Colossians 2:2-3, Ephesians 3:14-19).
Faith—the gift of faith is the divine strength or ability to believe God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life, whereby the Spirit provides Christians with extraordinary confidence in God’s promises, power, and presence so that they can take heroic stands for the future of God’s work in the church. (1 Corinthians 12:9, Acts 11:22-24, Romans 4:18-21, Hebrews 11).
Healing—the gift of healing is the divine strength or ability to act as an intermediary in faith, prayer, and by the laying on of hands for the healing of physical and mental illness, whereby the Spirit employs certain Christians to restore health to the sick. (1 Corinthians 12:9, 28, James 5:13-16, Luke 9:1-2, Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-35, 28:7-10).
Miracles—the gift of miracles is the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction. (1 Corinthians 12:10, 28, Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12, Romans 15:18-19).
Discernment—the gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to identify falsehood and to distinguish between right and wrong motives and situations, to know with assurance whether some behavior is of God or of Satan. (1 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:1-11, 16:16-18, 1 John 4:1-6).
Tongues (and Interpretation) – the gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage your spirit and to commune with God. This gift must be accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately. (1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-14, Acts 2:1-13)
Miscellaneous Gifts — These gifts are found throughout the Bible whereby God gifts individuals for a particular task, also embracing the Christian’s personality and calling.
Intercession—the gift of intercession is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace believing for profound results, praying for extended periods of time with great positive effect for the building of the Kingdom. (1 Thessalonians 3:10-13, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12-13, James 5:14-16).
Missionary—the gift of missionary is the divine strength or ability to reach others outside of one’s own culture and nationality, whereby certain members of the body of Christ exercise whatever other spiritual gifts they have in a cross-cultural setting or second community. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
Craftsmanship—the gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in constructive environments to build up the Kingdom through artistic and creative means. (Exodus 28:3-4, 30:22, 31:3-11, 2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Acts 18:2-3).
Hospitality—the gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church. (Genesis 18:1-15, Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:13, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9).
Music—the gift of music (or worship) is the divine strength or ability to sing, dance, or play an instrument primarily for the purpose of enhancing the worship experience and helping others to worship God. (1 Corinthians 14.26, Deuteronomy 31:22, 1 Samuel 16:16, 1 Chronicles 16:41-42, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 34:12, Psalm 150:1-6).
YOUR NEXT STEP:
Find out your personality type and your spiritual gift; how God has uniquely wired you with a gift, talent, or purpose so that you will rely upon his power (Acts 1:8) to utilize the gifts has given you. Visit these websites to discover the REAL YOU.
- www.kgbc.us/gift — free spiritual gift inventory; this is the PRIMARY inventory we’d like you to take this week. The others are for fun and for self-awareness. You are NOT asked to support the makers of these inventories.
- www.kgbc.us/mbti—free personality inventory measuring introversion/extroversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving.
- www.kgbc.us/test—free online Enneagram inventory. Remember, you don’t have to purchase anything!
Discover who you are and who you were born to be!
The Crash Course – WEEK THREE
YOU ARE DESTINED FOR IMPACT
Almost done so get ready for the graduation party! But the end is not so bad, it is really just the beginning.
God wants you to live a life connected to purpose with so much focus that you wake up every day ready for anything God puts in your path. Now that you understand the reason you are on this earth, you have the chance and opportunity to live it out on a Ministry Team. We work together to build God’s house and his Kingdom, and when we demonstrate our obedience and love for God and others, we discover a sense of purpose and gratification in life.
As you prepare to join a Ministry Team, remember…
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER:
Just of the church building has many rooms, as we serve on our various teams, we are all on the same team! We know that we can do more together than we can do by ourselves, so we fight for unity.
We are representatives of Jesus and this church as we are walking and talking in this world. We understand the gravity of what we do, and who we represent, so we can’t do this work half-heartedly. We are committed to this work and the impact for eternity that we anticipate. You can expect us to commit to serving you, as we expect you to honor the commitment you’re making.
Before joining a team, we will lead you through an honor agreement card. This shows that you agree with our values as a church (our code), and our statements of faith (our beliefs), our expectations (how we serve and lead). This also helps our leaders to encourage you in your areas of strength and hold you accountable in areas you may be struggling.
YOUR NEXT STEP:
Begin serving with your team. You will get to know others who are on the same journey and will see how God works through his community of faith. God uses faithful people to build his kingdom. Use the platform God has given you to share your story, shine your light, and bring others into the church.
The Crash Course – BONUS LESSON
In week two you learned more about who you were born to be. The gifts and personality God has given you are for a purpose. They are a part of his calling for you that he’s been planning before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10)
This week, we will discover what it means to be a leader as you continue on this pathway of finding a Ministry Team that is a perfect fit for you.
YOU ARE A LEADER:
John Maxwell tells us that leadership is influence. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, the head of a company or a volunteer, influence is something we all value and possess.
The most important thing for a leader to live out is credibility—do what you say you’re going to do.
Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. (Daniel 6:3)
Daniel had exceptional qualities. He was credible and trustworthy. Who he was at home was who he was in the palace. Like Daniel, we as leaders should be looking to distinguish ourselves.
WHO WE ARE:
There are four things that should define us as leaders, four key qualities in which we seek to grow, as individuals and as a church.
- We Love God — the way we serve God is important, but nothing matters more than our relationship with Jesus.
Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13)
Our personal relationship with Jesus gives us the strength and power to do what we are called to do. The most important thing we can do as a leader is to walk with Jesus.
- We Love People — we love the people within our house and those who are not. We serve those who come through our doors as well as those with whom we serve.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
This means choosing a WE instead of a ME mentality. People may admire your gifts, but they can relate to your vulnerability and transparency. We are not a country club for saints but rather are an inclusive people, always setting a place at the table for those who are not yet a part of the family.
- We Pursue Excellence — we believe that the God who created the world is honored by us doing a great job as we lead.
They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:37)
Excellence creates comfort. We want people to lean in to hear about Jesus, so we don’t want anything we do to distract people from that goal.
We take ownership. While Jesus is the head of the church, this is OUR church and WE carry on the vision. This is a home, not a hotel. WE take responsibility and do the hard things so that we can reach more people with the gospel.
- We Choose Joy — Attitude changes everything. People who serve with a hopeful leader are more highly engaged than those who serve with a negative leader.
If we really believe that Jesus is alive and the grave is empty, then we have every reason to celebrate! We need to be on fire and full of faith. A leader influences the environment they’re in rather than being influenced by the environment.
A leader is a thermostat, not a thermometer.
We help to escalate and elevate the environment by coming to church expectant, excited, and ready for worship and service.
THE KING’S GRANT CODE:
Our code of conduct allows us to move toward how we accomplish our vision. Every organization has a culture (a common language and belief, how people act and interact) and our Discipleship Ministry has structured a ten-point strategy for developing a unique congregation of disciples. Our goal is to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
K – Knowledge—And this is the way to have eternal life – to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth – John 17:3.
I – Instruction—The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith. – 1 Timothy 1:5.
N – New Creation—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
G – Godliness—…we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. – 1 Timothy 2:2.
S – Sanctification—For this is the will of God, your sanctification… – 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
G – Giftedness—Just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly… – Romans 12:4-6.
R – Reputation—Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. – Acts 6:3.
A – Acceptance—So, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. – Romans 15:7.
N – New Testament—For this reason, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. – Hebrews 9:15.
T – Treasure
…store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:20-21.
BECAUSE WE FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE:
Our lives are to be a reflection of our relationship with Jesus. Since Jesus is the Son of God, we love God. Since Jesus is the Son of Man, we love people. This is the essence of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies throughout history, and in serving others and performing miracles, Jesus brought joy to the situation he encountered.
WE WALK AS JESUS WALKED:
“the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” – 1 John 2:6
“so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; – Colossians 1:10
“so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:12
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND PRINCIPLES
Adopted March 5, 2006
The King’s Grant Baptist Church is a united, harmonious fellowship of compassionate, servant-oriented and mission-minded believers who strive to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.
The Church is a prayerful body of believers working to be more evangelistic and open to change and transition in answering God’s call to service. Each year a large number of the congregations are involved in local, state-wide and international missions.
The congregation supports its Church leadership and Church ministry initiatives. In connection with governance and administration, the congregation nominates and elects its committees, then respects and supports their efforts, resolving issues in a spirit of Christian harmony.
The Church welcomes men and women in leadership roles including Deacon and Staff positions.
The Church is ecumenical, cooperating with other churches to serve the community. The Church supports the traditional Baptist principles of‑
Religious liberty: We stand for a free church in a free state. Neither one should control the affairs of the other. We support the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, with its “establishment” and “free exercise” clauses.
Autonomy of the local church: We affirm the autonomy of the local church. Each church is free to determine its own membership and to set its own course under the headship of Jesus. It may enter into alliance with other churches as it chooses, so long as those other churches are willing.
The priesthood of the believer: We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ’s name.
Soul competency: We affirm soul competency, the accountability of each person before God. Family cannot save you, neither can the church. It comes down to you and God. Authorities can’t force belief or unbelief.
Believing the Bible to be the sole authority for faith and practice, the Church rejects any attempts by external organizations to establish and enforce creedal statements for local churches or for missionaries.
The church endorses the Baptist Faith and Message of 1963 as a non-creedal confession of faith in our religious and denominational life.