MISSION >>

Our mission is the one Jesus gave us: To be His witnesses, to proclaim the gospel, and to make disciples (here and everywhere). 

"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  (Acts 1:8)

"As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you."  (John 20:21)

"Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to all creation."  (Mark 16:15)

"This is what is written:  The Christ would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name."  (Luke 24:46-47)

"Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  (Matthew 28:19-20)

PURPOSE >>

To join into God's work as a community of believers who are:

- Witnesses to the true and lasting life which is only found in Jesus Christ

- Following Jesus and growing to be more like Him each day

- Contributing to each other's discipleship

- Serving our communities by meeting real needs

In support of this, the church guides and nurtures its people through biblical teaching, relational discipleship, and intentional service in order to promote spiritual growth, a vision for God's desire that all people come into a life-giving relationship with Him, and to become a meaningful witness to Christian life within our community.

BELIEFS >>

The Scriptures

The Holy Bible is the word of God.  It was written by human authors who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is God's special revelation of Himself to humanity.  It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth - without any mixture of error - for its matter.  Therefore, all scripture is totally true and trustworthy.  It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.  All scripture is a testimony to Christ, who Himself is the focus of divine revelation.

God

There is one and only one living and true God.  He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being - the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.  God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.  God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things - past, present, and future - including the future decisions of His free creatures.  To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.  The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace.  He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise.  God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God.  In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities, and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.  He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.  He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion.  He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator - fully God, fully Man - in whose person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.  Christ will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.  He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.  He inspired holy men of old to write the scriptures.  Through illumination He enables men to understand the truth.  He exalts Christ.  He convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgement.  He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration.  At the moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the body of Christ.  He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church.  He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption.  His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.  He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image.  God created man male and female as the crowning work of His creation.  The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation.  In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his creator with freedom of choice.  By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin and death into the human race.  Through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.  Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation.  Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.  The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full human dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, spiritually and physically, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior - who, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes:  Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification.  There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

Regeneration: The new birth is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of God's grace.

Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God.  Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

Justification:  God's gracious and full acquittal, upon the principles of His righteousness, of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ.  Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

Sanctification:  The experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.  Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

Glorification:  The culmination of salvation and the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies and glorifies sinners.  It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all of the means in connection with the end.  It is the glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable.  It excludes boasting and promotes humility. 

All true believers endure to the end.  Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgements on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, privileges invested in them by His word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth through faithful proclamation of the gospel and carrying out the command of Christ to make disciples of those who receive Him.  Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ and the governance of His word.  In such a congregation, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord and to His church in the exercise of discipline.  The Scriptural offices of the church are elders and deacons.  While both men and women are gifted and called to serve the church, the offices of elder and deacon are limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The Family

God has ordained the family the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image.  The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.  A husband is to love his wife as Christ has loved the church.  He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.  A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant-leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being equal and complementary to her husband, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord.  Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage.  Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Baptism & the Lord's Supper

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 a believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as well as the believer's death to sin, burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  It is also 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 the bread and the cup, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.  It is given for the confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits of Christ's death, their spiritual nourishment and growth in Him, and their further engagement in and to all the duties they owe Him.  The Supper is to be a bond and pledge of the members' communion with Christ and with each other.

Worship & Rest

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day.  It is a Christian institution for regular observance.  It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.  Activities on the Lord's Day should be commensurate with the Christian's conscience under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him.  Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  They are, therefore, under obligation to serve God with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as having been entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth. 

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.  The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others and the growth of a burden for the salvation of the lost.  Missionary and evangelistic effort on the part of all believers rests on a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ.  The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations, the making of disciples from all nations, and that those disciples be baptized in His name and taught to obey His commands.  Therefore, it is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness, undergirded by the witness of a Christian life, and by any and all other means in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Last Things

God, in His own time will bring this world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.  The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Eternity

All people will exist forevermore either in the conscious torment of Hell, or with God in Heaven through forgiveness and salvation in Christ.  Heaven and Hell are real places.


Affiliations

Outer Banks Community Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Chowan Baptist Association.  Our beliefs and doctrines are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.