Bible Baptist Church is a missions-hearted church that takes the Great Commission seriously.
An annual Faith Promise MISSIONS CONFERENCE is held in the fall of each year, during which time members are challenged to make financial commitments of a weekly amount that they will give specifically to evangelism. This, along with 10% of the general giving being automatically designated for evangelism, has made possible the giving of over one-half million dollars to the cause of missions by the members of this church. In 1994, our 20th Anniversary year, a total of $100,130 was given for missions.
A ladies' missions organization (L.A.M.S.) meets monthly to plan ways to be an encouragement to those we help support. Packages with hard- (or impossible)-to-get items are sent to those on foreign fields; cards on special occasions and personal letters mean much to those away from home.
A BIBLE INSTITUTE is operated to train men for the ministry. A three year degree in theology and a fourth year degree in advanced ministry studies are offered. Many graduates are now involved in church planting.
"Everyone with Christ is a missionary-- Everyone without Christ is a mission field."
List Of Pastors & Evangelists Currently Supported By Bible Baptist Church
[As of January 1996]
Bill & Lorna ANKER--WASHINGTON
Brent & Joyce BENNETT--WASHINGTON
Ed & Norma BORDELL--COSTA RICA
Dennis & Debbie CATLIN--THAILAND
Dan & Rachel CHACE--BRAZIL
David & Linda CLOUD--WAY OF LIFE LITERATURE
John & Jeri-Anne COOK--CANADA (Quebec)
Ivor & Sharon DEAS -- SOUTH AFRICA
Nils & Joy DEGERLUND--RUSSIA
Lonnie & Anne DUNCAN--THAILAND
Tim & Vanessa EKNO -- SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Terry & Peggy ELLIS--OREGON (Prisons)
Joe & Joanna FUMIA--ENGLAND
Tom & Shelley FURSE--WASHINGTON (Prisons)
Coleman & Belinda GABBARD -- NEW ZEALAND
Gordy & Mary GEISINGER--U.S.A.(Tracts)
Larry & Sonny HARRISON--CANADA (N.W. Territories)
Dennis & Lois HERRING--CANADA (British Columbia)
Abdou & Siham ISSA--AUSTRALIA (Arabic people)
Jim & Susan IVY--NEW MEXICO (Indians)
Stephan & Ann JOHN--PHILIPPINES
Jeff & Beth JUPP -- CUBA
Tim & Karen Kastning -- IDAHO
Naim & Elvira KHOURY--ISRAEL (Bethlehem) & JORDAN
Larry & Barbara KOEHN --COLOMBIA
Normand & Michelle LaFLEUR -- CANADA (Quebec)
Mike & Debbie LANE -- HONDURAS
Robert & Linda LONG--MEXICO
Rick & Becky MARTIN--PHILIPPINES
Garry & Nancy MATHENY--ROMANIA
Joe & Janis MERLO--ARGENTINA
Jeff & Eileen MERRICK -- WASHINGTON
Larry & Regina McKINNEY--WASHINGTON (Indians)
Larry & Dawn NELSON--AUSTRALIA (Perth)
John & Tricia OLSON--GERMANY (Deaf)
Ron & Barbara PARROTT--ITALY (Military)
Ivan & Deborah PLEMMONS -- GERMANY
Harold & Lena PRIDAY--HONDURAS
Steve & Margaret RAGLAND--SOUTH DAKOTA (Prisons)
Ron & Kathy REASONER--RUSSIA
Jon & Emilie RETTIG--CZECH REPUBLIC (}9(2
Bill & Gaye RICHARDS -- GERMANY
Fred & Danielle SCHMIDT--CANADA (British Columbia) Allen & Lola SWIRES--WASHINGTON (Indians)
Charles & JoAnn Smith -- ARGENTINA
Eric & Kathy THRUSH--AUSTRALIA
Jim & Cathy VELAZQUEZ -- COLORADO
Wayne & Donna WALLEY--PHILIPPINES
Leon WAMBSGANSS--U.S.A. (International Radio)
Ed & Sue WHITMILL--MEXICO
Kent & Deborah WILLIAMS--MEXICO (Baja California)
Dan & Cricket YOUNG--PANAMA
List Of Ministries Currently Being Supported By Bible Baptist Church
Baja Mexico Bible College--MEXICO
Christian Law Association--LEGAL MINISTRIES
Fellowship Tract League--PRINTING
Roloff Homes--CHILDREN'S HOMES
XVI. That as a Bible-believing, New Testament Baptist Church, the following be our statement concerning "missions":
A. That the duty of evangelism is plainly commanded by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Scriptures.
(Matthew 4:19; 9:35-38; 10:5-7; 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:45- 49; John 4:35-38; 20:21; Acts 1:8)
B. That the solemn obligation for evangelism rests upon the Lord's disciples institutionally, that is, with New Testament churches; and not with any other agency, be it a denomination, a convention, an association, a fellowship, or other para-church organization.
That the New Testament Church is central to all true evangelistic endeavor is taught by the following:
1. The Lord Jesus Christ established the first Church and commissioned it--Matthew 16:16-18; 18:15-17; 28:18-20.
2. The Book of Acts shows that the Apostles understood the centrality of the church, as seen for example in Acts 2:41,42; 6:1-7; 11:20-26; 13:1-3; 14:21-23, 26-28; 15:3-31; 16:1-5; 20:6,7, 17-35.
3. The Holy Spirit's vast and repeated use of the term "church" or "churches," some 115 times, shows God's love for it as well as the centrality of it in His plan for this age.
4. The New Testament epistles show the centrality of the New Testament Church. Most of the epistles were written directly to specific churches, and even those epistles not written directly to specific churches give clear reference to the church. For example, see I Timothy 3:15 and Titus 1:5. Other examples are found in Philemon 2; Hebrews 10:25; 13:7,17; James 5:14; I Peter 5:1-4; III John 9; Revelation 1-3.
5. The risen, glorified Lord Jesus Christ is seen standing in the midst of the churches holding in His right hand of power the leaders (pastors) of the churches--Revelation 1:10-20.
6. Revelation chapters 2 and 3, teaches through repetition that the Holy Spirit speaks in a special way to Christians through the churches--Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22.
7. Other than the New Testament Church, there is no other institution of any type in the New Testament for which God gives an exact pattern of membership, leadership, government, discipline, financing, and methodology for His work in this age.
C. That Scriptural evangelistic (missionary) labor is clearly defined by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19,20 as consisting of the world-wide evangelization of the lost through the preaching of the Gospel (I Corinthians 1:21- 23); the baptizing of those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41); the establishment of these baptized believers into organized churches (Acts 14:21-23); and the edifying of such through the teaching of the Word of God.
D. That there is no Biblical distinction between `foreign' and `home' missions, but that missionary endeavor is entered into when an evangelist (missionary), bearing the approval and authority of his church, is sent forth by that church into a field of service (Acts 13:3).
E. That New Testament Baptist churches of like faith and order may Scripturally cooperate in the evangelistic enterprise for mutual support of evangelists ("missionaries") and mission projects, provided the sovereignty, independence, and autonomy of each church so involved is unaffected, and provided the responsibilities to evangelists ("missionaries") and missions of each church so involved are not delegated.
F. That a "Missionary" is the New Testament Evangelist--a man who bears evidence of a divine call to the special ministry of proclaiming the Gospel (I Timothy 1:12), who fulfills the spiritual qualifications of leadership (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9), who has received proper training for the ministry to which he has been called (II Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:9), accompanied by a conviction of the Holy Spirit's leading to a field of service (Acts 13:4).
G. That the responsibility for the proper training of a man called into missionary service resides with his church through his pastor, and that the abdication of this responsibility ultimately and assuredly leads churches and men away from the New Testament pattern.
H. That the giving of financial aid to missions is through faith, exercised by a church and its members (II Corinthians 8:1-5); that all such giving be responsibly designated to specified evangelists ("missionaries") or mission projects, and not into some general cooperative fund (Philippians 4:16); that all moneys so designated be fully delivered to the recipient; that they be openly and accurately accounted for by the evangelist (missionary) and those who act for him (II Corinthians 8:18-22); and that God's richest promises accompany such giving, chiefly the supply of every need (Philippians 4:15-19) and the enlargement of evangelistic enterprise (II Corinthians 10:15,16).
I. That evangelists are to report their activities to the churches which aid them, from time to time visiting these churches in order to rehearse the blessings of God through their ministry (Acts 14:26-28), and to receive in themselves physical and spiritual rest from their labors (Mark 6:31).
J. That central to all evangelistic enterprise is the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ through the New Testament church, be it in training, in approving, in commissioning, in sending, in supporting, or in disciplining; and that any delegation of a church's authority or control in these areas is both unscriptural and dangerous.
Therefore we adopt the following principles by which we as a Church will support evangelists ("missionaries") both by prayer and financial means:
A. We will only support evangelists ("missionaries") who are members in good standing of a New Testament Baptist church of like faith and order.
B. We will only support evangelists ("missionaries") who have been approved and commissioned by their own church.
C. We will only support evangelists ("missionaries") who themselves are in agreement with the stated Articles of Faith of Bible Baptist Church.
D. We will only support evangelists ("missionaries") whose goals and methods are in harmony with the goals and methods of Bible Baptist Church.
E. We will only support evangelists ("missionaries") who are demonstrably free from the entanglements of man-made organizations, regardless of the aspirations of such organizations.
And we adopt the following principles by which we as a Church will commission and send forth evangelists ("missionaries") who are members of this Church:
A. This church, under its pastors, will assist its evangelists ("missionaries") in raising sufficient funds for their endeavors by recommending them in writing to other churches of like faith and order.
B. This Church will assist its evangelists ("missionaries") by making available to them its resources and provide without charge a clearinghouse service for their finances and mail.
C. This Church, under its pastors, will provide suitable counsel and assistance to its evangelists ("missionaries") in matters pertaining to their personal business, legal affairs, banking, finances, health, and travel.
D. This Church, under its pastors, will provide spiritual counsel and watchcare to its evangelists ("missionaries"), both during their deputation or furlough, and on the field of service.
E. This Church, through its pastors, will undertake the serious responsibility of overseeing its evangelists ("missionaries"), of being knowledgeable of their lives and work, of accounting for their financial matters, and of exercising any necessary discipline which may be required.
In regard to responsibility and accountability, we would emphasize that while an evangelist (missionary) does have a responsibility to all his supporting churches to be honest, diligent, and faithful in his work, to be, in essence what they believe him to be, and to give regular reports to each supporting church, his primary responsibility (humanly speaking) is always most fully to his own sending church. It follows that other supporting churches should seek counsel from and honor the sending church in matters of question, as an evangelist's ultimate accountability can only be to God through one autonomous church.
F. This Church will encourage, and assist if necessary, its evangelists ("missionaries") to faithfully and honestly report on their work to other churches which support them through prayer and financial giving, and will provide answers on the behalf of its evangelists ("missionaries") on the field to any relevant questions which may be asked from time to time by other supporting pastors and churches.
G. This Church guarantees to convey all funds received and designated to its evangelists ("missionaries") without deduction, and in accordance with any arrangements made with its evangelists ("missionaries").
H. This Church undertakes the responsibility of facilitating the transportation of its evangelists ("missionaries") from their field of service in the event of an emergency.