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BAPTIST
   Church
VALLEY SPRINGS

870.429.5262

info@fbcvs.com

P.O. BOX 97 | 4547 HOG CREEK ROAD

VALLEY SPRINGS, AR 72682

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Prayer and

Counsel Ministry

Another great way we love to connect with you is through prayer and visitation. Do you have a need that we can add to our prayer list? Would you like someone to call and pray with you? Or is there a time where we could meet and speak with you to give you counsel through decisions or difficulties?

We would love to be there for you.

Jon Racic

Associate Pastor of Youth, Kids & Missions

jon@fbcvs.com

Shelia James

Church Secretary 

sheila@fbcvs.com 

ABOUT US

Vision statement:

Connecting with God.

Connecting with people.  

Connecting people with God.

 

Mission statement:

Our purpose is to connect with God through worship; connect with people through service and fellowship; and to connect people with God through discipleship and outreach.

Core beliefs:

Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who they are. Copies are available at Southern Baptist churches. The topics here provide only a brief, partial summary. The full text on the issue discussed in the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) is also available online at http://www.sbc.net/bfm/bfm2000.asp

 

FBCVS Core beliefs:

Based on Scripture, not man made tradition

1.The Scriptures- The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.(Deut. 4:2, Ps. 119:160, Prov. 30:5, 2 Tim. 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

2.Trinity - One living, true, and Holy God existing in three persons: God the Father (He is Creator of all things from nothing, all knowing, ever present, and all powerful. Gen. 1:1, 26-27, Ps. 90:2, Is. 40:28, 44:6, Jer. 32:27, Romans 11:33, Eph. 4:6);  Jesus Christ the son (He is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless, exemplary life, died on the cross for the sins of all mankind, resurrected 3 days later, ascended, and is sitting on His throne- being the only mediator between God and man, and will return again. Matt. 1:18-24, Mark 9:2-10, Luke 23:32-24:35, John 1:1-18, 14:6, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Cor. 15:3-4, 2 Cor. 5:21, Col. 2:9, Heb. 1:2-3, 2:14, 4:14-16, 1 Thes. 4:13-5:11, 1 Tim. 2:5, 6:14-15, Titus 2:13);  the Holy Spirit (He convicts people of sin and draws them to Jesus. He indwells the life of each believer. He guides us into truth and seals us for eternity. He gifts each follower of Jesus to be useful in God’s hands in service to the church and world. He empowers the people of God to face the rigors of life on earth. John 14:16-18, 26; Acts 10:45; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; 12:1-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Titus 3:6; 2 Peter 1:21).

3. Salvation - God’s free gift of eternal life and entirely apart from our works. It is received only through admitting and repenting of our sin; believing Jesus is God’s only son; and confessing our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-26; 6:23; 8:31-39, 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8-9)

4. Baptism - Each believer is to be immersed in water as an act of obedience, not as a means for salvation. It symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It also is a sign of the new life each believer has discovered in Jesus. (Matt. 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 8:12, 16:31-33; Romans 6:3-5; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)

5. Communion - The elements of the Lord’s Supper represent the body and blood of Jesus. Each believer can participate in this celebration we experience through the new covenant established by Jesus himself. (Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

6. Worship - We believe we are created by the true and living God to worship Him. We seek to worship Him in Spirit and truth- as individuals, as families, and as a local church.  Worship is carried out in everyday life. (Col. 1:16, John 4:23-24)

7. Discipleship/Missions - We believe every person is important to God. We will share the message of salvation to all people. It is our duty and privilege to make disciples of all nations by verbal witness and lifestyle.  We strive to daily pursue a growing personal relationship with Christ and progressively teach Christ believers.  (Eph. 4:11-14, Col. 1:28, Matt. 28:19-20)

8. Fellowship - We pursue to cultivate loving relationships as a community to develop an authentic, deep connection for encouragement and for accountability. (Romans 12:10)

9. Ministry - We strive to serve in ways that are relevant, life applicable, and generational.  We believe that God cares about the emotional and spiritual needs of every person. We believe that every member of this church is called to minister. (Eph. 4:11-12, Ps. 78:6)

10. Stewardship - We believe a lifestyle of biblical stewardship involves the proper management of all that God has given us to expand His kingdom: time, talent & treasures. (1 Cor. 4:2; 1 Peter 4:10; Mal. 3:8-12; Matt. 6:1-4; 2 Cor. 8:1-7)

11.Marriage - a sacred covenant between one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:22-24; Proverbs 18:22, 19:14; Ephesians 5:22-33; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9)

 

FBCVS Church Covenant

The church covenant is a voluntary agreement by members of First Baptist Church of Valley Springs whereby they promise to conduct their lives in such a way as to glorify God and promote the on-goings of His church

 

Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant under church statements and core beliefs with one another as one body in Christ.

 

We engage to walk together in Unity and Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, and to contribute our time, talents, and treasure cheerfully and regularly to fulfill the church’s mission.

 

We also engage to maintain family and individual devotions, to teach so the next generation will know, to share the good news of salvation with all, to stay on the narrow path, to maintain Christ-like conduct, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

 

We further engage to be a source of unity, to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other regularly in prayer, to treat each other with respect and compassion, to be slow to take offense always seeking peace and reconciliation.

 

If for some reason God should remove us from membership, we will become a functioning church member in a like-minded body of Christ.  



 

Basis of Covenant

 

The responsibilities of church membership outlined in the covenant are all scriptural, as may be seen from the following study.

 

  1. Salvation and Baptism  

    • (John 1:11-12;  Matt. 28:19-20).

 

  1. Duties to the Church

  1. To walk together in Christian love  

    • (John 13:34-35; 1 Cor. 12:12; 1 John 4:7)

  2. To strive for the advancement of the church and promote its prosperity and spirituality  

    • (Phil. 1:27; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 9:22; 2 Cor. 7:1; 2 Peter 3:11).

  3. To sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrine  

    • (Heb. 10:25;  Matt. 28:19-20;  1 Cor. 11:23-26).

  4. To contribute cheerfully and regularly

    •  (1 Cor. 16:2;  2 Cor. 9:7).

  5. To carry my membership when I move and be active in church work wherever I live  

    • (Acts 18:24-28).

 

III.  Duties in Personal Christian Living

  1. To maintain family and individual devotions

    • (Matt. 26:36; 1 Thess. 5:17-18;  Acts 17:11).

  2. To faithfully educate the children  

    • (2 Tim. 3:15; Deut. 6:4-9, Ps. 78:4-7).

  3. To seek the salvation of the lost  

    • (Acts 1:8;  Matt. 4:19).

  4. To walk the narrow path, and to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and Christ-like in our conduct  

    • (Eph. 5:15-21;  Phil. 2:14-15; Matt. 7:13-18; 1 Peter 2:11-12;  Romans 15:5;  Eph 4:31-32;  1 Peter 2:21;  Col 3:8-9).

  5. To be zealous in our efforts for Christ  

    • (Titus 2:14).

 

 

 

 

 

IV.  Duties to Fellow Members

  1. To be a source of unity and to watch over one another in love  

    • (Eph. 4:1-6; Col. 3:14; 1 Peter 1:22).

  2. To pray for one another

    •  (James 5:13-16).

  3. To help, and treat one another with respect and compassion

    •  (Gal. 6:2;  James 2:14-17).

  4. To cultivate sympathy and courtesy

    •  (1 Peter 3:8).

  5. To be slow to take offense, always ready for reconciliation

    •  (Matt. 5:23-24; 1 Cor. 12:26; Eph. 4:30-32).

Sean Milliken

Senior Pastor

sean@fbcvs.com