Our vision is to become an increasingly healthy, multiplying, gospel church.
We exist to declare Jesus Christ, disciple all peoples, and display God's glory.
The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. We are passionate about the gospel! Another helpful way to summarize this glorious message is to unpack the words God, humans, Christ, and Response.
The truth is that God is the Creator of all things (Gen 1:1). He is perfectly good and holy, worthy of all worship, a loving Father who created us to glorify and enjoy him, and a righteous Judge who will punish sin (1 John 1:5; Rev 4:11; Rom 2:5-8).
All humans, though created good, have become sinful by nature (Gen 1:26-28; Ps 51:5; Rom 3:23). From birth, all people are alienated from God, hostile to God, and subject to the wrath of God (Eph 2:1-3). We all do wrong (called sin). We have all failed to live for God’s glory and instead live for ourselves. As a result, we are separated from God forever. Our sin deserves punishment.
But here’s the good news! God doesn’t want us to be separated from him. To win us back and for his own glory, he did something amazing. He sent his perfect Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 4:14). Jesus Christ, who is truly God and truly man, lived a sinless, perfectly obedient life, died on the cross to bear God‘s wrath in the place of all who would believe in him, and rose from the grave in order to give his people eternal life (John 1:1; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb 7:26; Rom 3:21-26; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 15:20-22). Jesus offers his perfect righteousness and sacrifice for sins to us as a gift, to all who will deny themselves and follow him (Rev 22:17; Mark 8:34-35).
This gracious offer demands our response. God calls everyone everywhere to turn from their rebellion and trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins and hope of eternal life (Mark 1:15; Acts 20:21; Rom 10:9-10). Once we acknowledge in humility our desperate brokenness and sin (Ps 51; Luke 18:9-14; 1 Pet 5:5-6) and receive Christ as Lord and Savior by God’s grace through faith, God forgives our sins, declares us righteous, and seals us with his Holy Spirit as a pledge of our future redemption (Rom 3:21-27; Eph 1:13-14; 2:8-9).
But the ultimate prize of this good news of the gospel is God himself, not just his gifts (John 17:3; 1 Pet 3:18). The ultimate reason the gospel is good news is because Christ’s work has removed every obstacle to our reconciliation with God, and it enables us to glorify and enjoy him forever (2 Cor 5:17-19; Eph 2:13-16). We can begin a life-giving, all-satisfying relationship with the God of the universe that will last forever. This new life is available for everyone today! (2 Cor 6:3).
Pastor Matthew began to trust Christ at an early age under the instruction of his parents and local church. His desire to serve in a gospel-preaching church arose in high school and was confirmed through college.
He began attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in 2011 and completed the Master of Divinity degree in 2016. Matthew met his wife Cheryl while studying at SBTS. They married in 2013 and have been blessed with two daughters, Ruth and Moriah, and one son, Ezra. After completing a pastoral internship at Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington, Matthew received a call to serve at Bon Air in 2018.
Pastor Matthew desires to shepherd God’s people with God’s Word for God’s glory in Jesus Christ.
Neal was born and raised in Virginia. He was proud to serve in the army. He has also worked for the government as a machinist for 42 years. In 1964, Neal married his wife Betty, who went home to be with the Lord in 2016. He has lived in Arlington for 54 years. He has 2 grown sons, 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Neal joined Bon Air Baptist Church in 1976. Neal was ordained as a Deacon in 1983. Today, Neal serves as Chairman of the Deacons. Most importantly, Neal feels blessed to be a Christian
Mike was born in Missouri and raised in Texas. While stationed at Fort Eustace VA, he visited the Nova area where he met his future wife, Jean. Mike married Jean in 1966. They have two married sons and five beautiful Grandkids. They joined Bon Air in 1972. Together they have participated in several of Bon Air’s Ministries over the years. On October 12th 2003, Mike was ordained as a deacon and nominated to the deacon board. He currently wears several hats at Bon Air Baptist Church, including Deacon Secretary and Audio-Visual Coordinator.
Becky was born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina. As a teenager she came to Northern Virginia to visit and has been here ever since. For 5 years Becky worked for the National Education Association. Later, after working 40 years with the Marine Corps Reserve she retired from Civil Service in 2010. Becky came to Bon Air in 1977. She has taught children's Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for different ages. She also serves as the Church Clerk. She was ordained as a Deacon in 2004.
Bon Air Baptist Church
800 N Illinois St
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone - (703) 525-8079
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