Ridgecrest Baptist Church has been in Springfield, Missouri since 1982, existing with a simple vision statement: “Making Christ-centered disciples of all nations.” In three years, we’ll reach our 40th anniversary as a church, and that’s cause for much celebration. While we’ve certainly had our ups-and-downs over the years, by God’s grace we’ve always been a faithfully missional congregation. It’s great that we’ve been a church for almost 40 years, but we want to be here 40 years too! What will it take for us to get there? It’ll take a lot of hard work, a lot of thought, and a lot of sacrifice. So as a team, we’ve come to this conclusion: our vision statement is off-balance and needs a small, but profound adjustment. Going forward our vision statement will be this: “Making Christ-centered disciples of our neighbors and the nations.” Those two words will lead to some big changes in how we do ministry. If we’re as serious about our neighbors as God is, we have to humble ourselves before Him to prepare our hearts for what He wants to do in our community. Will you join us in this? Will you pray? Will you come alongside us as we press into the heart of Christ for our neighbors?
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
Excerpts are from the current 2000 Baptist Faith and Message