MISSION >>

Our mission is the one Jesus gave us: To be His witnesses, to proclaim His death for sins and His resurrection, and to make disciples (here and everywhere) who are taught to trust and obey Him. 

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

"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 know 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

The church is a local community of baptized believers who are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The church is referred to in the bible as the "body" of Christ, meaning both the local community of believers in a specific time and place, as well as the connection of all believers across all times and places who are united in a special way.  The church is also referred to in the bible as the "bride" of Christ, meaning that God has a special love for the church, and has laid down His life for her redemption.  Each member of the church is accountable to Jesus Christ as Lord, to God's word, and to the fellow members of the covenant community.  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 Scripturally qualified men.

The Family

God has made the family the foundational unit of human society. Biblical marriage is the union of one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment. The relationship of husband and wife is to be the highest priority relationship in the life of either spouse, and centered on God.  Children in the household are the next highest priority relationship set for the husband and wife, but relationships with children are not to supersede that of husband and wife.  The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, and have been created differently for the purpose of complementing each other. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. The husband is to be the spiritual head of the household, seeking to love and serve his wife in the same way Jesus Christ loves and serves the church.  The wife is to honor and support her husband, seeking to love and serve him just as the church prepares herself for Christ.  Parents are to care for and properly discipline their children.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.  

Baptism & the Lord's Supper

Baptism should be a one-time public symbol of faith in Jesus Christ chosen by the believer in obedience to Jesus' instruction.  It identifies the believer with Christ's death and resurrection (most meaningfully when the believer is fully immersed in water), but baptism has no bearing on salvation.  Baptism symbolizes 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 a new way of life in Christ Jesus.  As an ordinance of the church, it is a prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic remembrance of Jesus' sacrificial death, and the reality of His body and blood which were shed for the forgiveness of sins.  Jesus instructed believers to remember Him in this way and to look forward to His future return.  By taking the bread and the cup, believers memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Worship & Rest

It is God's example to us and God's desire for us that all persons intentionally incorporate a time of rest into their normal life routines.  It is also God's desire that His people come together regularly and intentionally to worship Him and connect with each other.  From the earliest times, Christians have normally chosen Sundays for these purposes.

Stewardship

God is the source of all things - spiritual and material, temporary and eternal.  God's children have a duty to manage properly everything God has put into their care, and to pass all things on to the purposes God intends for them.  This responsibility applies to every thing and every area of life - time, talents, and treasures, just to name a few.  The believer should continually be gaining a deeper sense of being a trustee over God's things, rather than feeling personal ownership. 

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to share His gospel and to make disciples who know and obey Him.  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.  Therefore, all believers, by the witness of their lives and through their own personal effort, are to reach those around them with the message of eternal life through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and to help those who respond to Christ grow in obedience to Him.

Last Things

God, in His own time will bring this world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, the dead will be raised to life, and Christ will judge all people in righteousness. Those who have died in unbelief or are currently living in unbelief at Jesus' return will be subject to the eternal punishment for sin under God's wrath in Hell.  All believers will be judged according to Christ's righteousness, a new Heaven and Earth will be revealed, and believers will inherit eternal life. 

Eternity

All people will either exist forevermore under God's wrath against sin in the conscious torment of hell, or with God through forgiveness and salvation in Christ.  Heaven and Hell are real places.


Outer Banks Community Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Chowan Baptist Association, the Relational Discipleship Network, and 9Marks. 

Our beliefs and doctrines are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.