Our mission is the one Jesus gave us: To be His witnesses and to make disciples - here and everywhere.
We feel it's best expressed in what Jesus told His disciples, as recorded in Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20:
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
- Making disciples of those who are faithful and willing
- 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.
The Holy Bible is the written word of God. It was given through human authors who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is perfect truth without any mixture of error, is fully complete, and is entirely sufficient. It is the authority for faith and practice in the life of the church and of the believer.
There is only one true and living God. He is the maker of all things seen and unseen, and reveals Himself as three distinct persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - who have always existed together, share the same nature, and are inseparable in their divine unity. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He is sovereign, all powerful, and all knowing. His perfect knowledge extends to all things: past, present and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. God is a personal being, was not created, and is separate from all created things. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God the Father
God the Father is the one from whom all power and authority comes, He is the one from whom truth originates, and who provides continual care over His universe, for His creatures, and through the stream of human history according to His gracious and loving purposes. He is the perfect spiritual Father to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
God the Son is the embodiment of the truth. He is the one to whom all power and authority has been given, He is the one who has entered the stream of human history as Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Christ and the eternal Son of God. By the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit within the womb of the virgin Mary, God added everything to the Son it means to be human while retaining everything it means to be God, making Jesus Christ fully God and fully human at the same time. God the Son identified Himself completely with humankind in every way, but without sin. In His earthly life, Jesus Christ honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of people from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them prior to His crucifixion. He ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where He is the One Mediator between God and humankind. At the appointed time, Jesus Christ will return in power and glory to judge the world and consummate His redemptive mission. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ lives in all believers as the ever present Lord and Brother.
God the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Spirit is the one who makes God's word known, the one who makes the work of God effective, the one who sustains, guides, and protects the church and the believer. He does nothing for His own glory, but does everything to serve and bring glory to Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit enables people to understand the truth of God's word and convicts people of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls people to the Savior, effects regeneration, and brings believers into the body of Christ at the moment of true faith. The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows spiritual gifts by which believers serve God through His church. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship and Christian service. The Holy Spirit comes into each believer at the time of saving faith in Jesus, and never departs. His presence is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the full stature of Christ on the day of final salvation.
Human Beings are the special creation of God, made in His own image. God created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The human person is composed of a physical body and a spiritual soul which both come into existence at the time of conception. The endowment of gender is God given and according to His perfect design. In the beginning, humans were innocent of sin and endowed by God with freedom of choice. By their own free choice, humans sinned against God by transgressing His command and brought sin and death into the human race. Through this transgression, the man and woman fell from original innocence, thus passing on to all people a corrupt world and a corrupt human nature inclined toward and in bondage to sin, and under God's condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring a person into His holy fellowship which is accomplished in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.
SalvationSalvation 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. Salvation includes restoration of a life-giving eternal relationship with God through the work of the Holy Spirit who helps the individual understand his or her need for Jesus and the truth that He is the only way. The ongoing work of the Holy Spirit is to help the believer make progress toward Christian maturity in this life, and to ensure the believer will be ultimately and eternally restored body and soul on the final day of salvation. Salvation includes: Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, and Glorification.
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.
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 pre-requisite 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.
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 personal lives and through their 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.
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.
All people will either exist eternally under God's wrath against sin in the conscious torment of hell, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation in Christ. Heaven and Hell are real places.
Outer Banks Community Church is a 9Marks church, a member of the Relational Discipleship Network, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Chowan Baptist Association. Our beliefs and doctrine are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.