It is essential for a church to know where it’s going.
The direction of Gilnahirk Baptist Church can be summed up in four movements. As a church we go Up, In, Out and Through.
We are a church that moves In
God not only reveals himself to us in ways we can understand, he also invites us to know and enjoy him as his treasured children. Therefore, we are a church that is committed to knowing God better. This happens in a whole variety of ways, from our preaching from the Bible every Sunday, to study groups, and beyond. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, we are a church that equips its people with the skills and motivation to cultivate a rich relationship with God – personally, in their family context and corporately.
We are a church that moves Out
We are not called by Jesus to sit in pews. He is clear that we are to bring the good news – the gospel – of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and all the implications that flow from it to us; we are to bring that message to the ends of the earth. We do this as a church through a radical biblical attitude towards evangelism – whether holding special events as a church or being equipped to bring the good news individually. We also bring the message of Jesus to the world by church planting – establishing churches that are similarly committed to proclaiming Jesus.
We are a church that moves Up
Our ultimate purpose as humankind is to make much of God and enjoy him forever, and this underpins our attitude towards worship as a church. God is entirely deserving of our highest thanks and praise, and so we want to express this together in the fullest available means. Therefore, we are a church that values all forms of worship, from inspiring corporate worship, to quiet contemplation, reflection and prayer.
We are a church that moves Through
Whilst the church gathers on a Sunday, it then disperses into the world for the rest of the week, going from an organisation to an organism. Therefore, we are a church that values the role every individual plays in their occupation, seeing our work as a distinct calling from God to be his people in the situations he places us. Wherever we are in the world of work, in our engagement with the arts and culture, or our response to national and international politics, we are people called by God to be salt and light, seasoning the culture for the nourishment and flourishing of the land.