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CHBC Connect for January 26, 2024

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God’s Vision for CHBC: 3 Piers, 3 Pillars, and 3 Purposes

3 Pillars

Why do I rehearse repeatedly the vision of CHBC. I do it for myself. I want to stay on mission in my role as shepherd and overseer in the flock of God at CHBC. And I do so for you to be laser-focused on what God has called us to do. There are hundreds of things a church can choose to care about. There is no shortage of ministry need in OKC South Metro. We could take mission trips to thousands of places to do all kinds of ministries. Why should we do any of it, and what should be the ultimate aim? How should you decide where to invest your time, energy, and finances?

 We are convinced that the church is founded upon the 3 Piers of the Centrality of the Scriptures, the Lordship of Christ, and the Glory of God. We are convicted that the local church should be Biblically-Modeled, Mission-Minded, and Multi-Cultural. And we are committed to the purpose of Equipping Believers, Exalting Christ, and Extending the Gospel. When the work of ministry falls into that structure, then we can more easily discern God’s leadership and our involvement.

 It is a core conviction of Capitol Hill Baptist Church to be Biblically-Modeled. A biblical church is a gathering of baptized believers who covenant together around the faith and fellowship of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church gathers publicly for the preaching of the Bible, for prayer of believers, for praise to God, for participation in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and the proclamation of the gospel to the lost.

The church has two biblical offices. The office of pastor/elder/overseer. These men serve the church by leading through their Biblical instruction and oversight. The office of deacon leads the church by their service. Together these two offices care for the members of the body in their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. The people who occupy these offices must meet the biblical qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, and 1 Peter 5.

The church worships together and serves one another according to Ephesians 5 and Hebrews 10, as well as the many “one another” passages, according to their spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12-14 and Rom. 12-14).

 I am thankful for Capitol Hill Baptist Church and pray regularly for you to be filled with Holy Spirit and for a unity of Spirit around the gospel and the Word of God.

By His Grace and For His Glory,

Pastor Mark

 

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CHBC Connect for January 19, 2024

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God’s Vision for CHBC: 3 Piers, 3 Pillars, and 3 Purposes

3 Purposes

 

The three purposes of CHBC are to equip believers, exalt Christ, and extend the gospel to the glory of God. The last two weeks I have written about the purposes of equipping and extending. Think with me and pray about with me the need to extend the gospel. The population of Oklahoma City is 1.5 million people. Moore has a population of almost 65,000 people. Norman’s population is almost 130,000.

 Only about 60% of the population of Oklahoma claims to be highly religious. That includes people of any faith background. There are hundreds of thousands of people in driving distance of your home, and our church that are unchurched, and unconverted.

 If we believe the Bible is truthful about the eternal judgement of hell, we cannot help but believe extending the gospel is necessary purpose for why the church exists. On top of the reality of people dying without a Savior is the mandate of Christ Himself, when He said, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” (Mark 16:15).

 We need no other reason that Jesus’ command, but we also have been given a heart of compassion. We know forgiveness ourselves. And the Holy Spirit causes us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 Extending the gospel goes beyond OKC, Moore, and Norman. We are to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. But we must not overlook the opportunities that immediately surround us.

 Will you begin each week with this prayer, “Lord, give me one opportunity this week to share the gospel with someone.” Each time you leave the church parking lot on Sundays the banners say, “You are now entering the mission field.” Take that seriously. Worship on Sunday. And pray for your opportunity each Monday morning.

 By His Grace and For His Glory,

Pastor Mark

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