Who We Are
Matthew Road Baptist Church exists to see, know and experience the glory of God by honoring His Son Jesus Christ and by obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all the world.
We accomplish this through our commitment to our core values.
One Lord. Jesus Christ is the head of the church. As such, we submit our lives as individuals and the life of the entire community of faith to the lordship of Jesus Christ.
One Faith. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone. The Gospel or Good News is that God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to be the Savior of the world. We are saved on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ and not on the basis of our works.
One Book. Scripture is the final authority in life and in the church. We are committed to teaching, preaching, reading, studying and applying the Word of God. The Bible has been given to the church by God. Though human authors wrote the words with their own personal touch, God guided every word so that the bible is the work of God through human agency. It comes directly from God and is absolutely, perfectly and completely true. This means that our worship, fellowship, ministry and the way we conduct ourselves must follow what is prescribed in the New Testament.
One Worship. Our goal is to worship God in everything we do. Sunday mornings, along with other special occasions provide the entire community of faith to worship Christ together. This encourages one another while also teaching us about the God we worship.
One Fellowship. The church is described as a body, an interconnected, living, functioning organism. When we gather, it is unlike any gathering of people in the world. The Spirit of God unites us to Christ and to one another through Christ. We practice church discipline according to the prescribed approach given by Jesus Christ in Matthew chapter 18.
One Calling. To know Christ and to make Him known to others. This is a personal calling and a corporate mission. We are each responsible to share the message of Jesus Christ with every individual around us. We are also to fulfill this calling as a community of faith, working together to carry the message of Jesus Christ to our community, our state, our nation and our world. We do this through participation in several areas of missions like planting churches, training and developing pastors in Mexico, supporting an orphanage, hosting medical and dental clinics as a means of evangelism. We also participate in short-term mission trips to assist recover efforts after natural disasters. Our church participates in the cooperative program where we, along with other likeminded churches, give to mission agencies that focus on our county, state, North America or international missions. Ten percent of our regular giving goes to support missions. In addition, we have several special mission opportunities during the year to raise funds for specific mission endeavors.
Two ordinances. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances given by God to the church. We practice the two ordinances given by Christ to the New Testament church.
Baptism is an outward expression of what God has done in a person’s life. Baptism serves to demonstrate that an individual has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Jesus is our example for living. As He began His public ministry, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, so one aspect of baptism is following Jesus’ example. In addition to following Jesus’ example, we also follow His command. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells the disciples to go into the world and to teach and to baptize. In this command, Jesus tells the disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” So Christians are to be baptized to follow the example of Jesus and to follow His commands.
The Lord’s Supper is a beautiful picture of the work of Christ on the cross. Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper on the night He was betrayed. As He broke the bread and shared the cup, He instructed the disciples to continue to celebrate this meal together in remembrance of what He had done. The bread represents Christ’s body which was broken in our place. The cup represents the blood that He shed while paying the price for our sin. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper several times a year, including Good Friday and Christmas Eve. We practice semi-open communion, where all believers present are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper. However, unbelievers should not participate. The final check is the conscience of each individual present though a word of caution is usually provided.