In order to fulfill our God-given mission and become the kind of church God wants to build, it is important that our values be biblical. God’s values are the roadmap he gives us to achieve his vision and fulfill his mission for our church. In other words, we are striving to build a church that is based on what the Bible teaches about the church. To that end, we hope and pray that Bon Air Baptist Church will be known throughout our city by these six priorities:
1. Biblical Authority
We study, teach, and apply the Bible as our ultimate authority and sufficiency for all matters of truth, life, and godliness.
Our church is always being reformed according to the Word of God. Since faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ from a preacher, the preaching of God’s Word is at the center of our congregation’s corporate gathering (Rom 10:14, 17). Therefore, we uphold the importance of Christ-centered, expository preaching of God's Word. Expository preaching is that kind of preaching in which the point of the passage of Scripture under consideration is the point of the sermon. Expository preaching presents the main ideas and implications of the passage, in light of Christ and the gospel, for the edification of the congregation (Neh 8:1–8; Acts 17:11; 1 Cor 2:2). In order to expound the whole counsel of God, the main diet of our pulpit is expository series through entire Bible books, alternating between testaments, genres, authors, and themes (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim 3:16–4:2). This allows the Bible’s own storyline, structure, size, and subject matter to set the agenda for our church.
Our church practices biblical counseling among its members (Gal 6:1; Eph 4:11–16; 1 Thess 5:14). Biblical counseling is an intensive form of discipleship that focuses on particular issues and areas of life for a season. Biblical counseling sees all of life as occurring before God and therefore having to do with the gospel. In the midst of suffering, confusion, and sin, God grants to those who humbly seek him the vision to see any circumstance, no matter how horrible, according to his redemptive purposes, for his glory and the believer’s good (Rom 5:3–5; 8:28–30; 1 Cor 10:13; Heb 12:11).
2. Biblical Worship
We worship the triune God according to His Word and devote ourselves to prayer.
We believe that worship is the necessary response to the worth of the triune God (Deut 6:4–5; 2 Cor 13:14). All of life is intended to be an act of worship, and the essence of worship is a continual heartfelt delight in God through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt 22:37–40; John 4:23–24; Rom 12:1). We gather together weekly to celebrate God’s immeasurable worth as a local body of believers (Eph 5:18–21; Col 3:16–17; Heb 10:24–25).
We hold to the regulative principle, which teaches that congregations must worship according to Christ’s commands. Our worship of God should be both thoroughly biblical as well as deeply joyful; it must be God-centered, not man-centered (John 4:20–26).
We implement a blended style of worship that regularly incorporates historic and contemporary elements. Our leadership conducts a weekly service review in an effort to always be reformed according to the Word, strive for excellence, and grow in Christ.
We believe that we are utterly dependent on God and can do nothing of eternal significance apart from him (John 15:5; Acts 17:26–27). Therefore, ministry has always been about the word and prayer (Acts 2:42; 6:2–4). We long to be a prayerful church, deeply aware of God’s call upon his people to pray and his promise to answer prayer offered in faith and in accord with his will. Thus, fervent prayer marks every gathering of our church. Our corporate worship regularly includes prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. In addition, we publish a prayer directory to encourage members to pray for one another regularly.
3. Biblical Community
We grow in Christ in the context of healthy biblical community.
We believe that life in biblical community is a reflection of the loving, self-giving relationship the Triune God has enjoyed for all eternity (Gen 1:26–27; John 14:31; 1 John 4:7). We believe spiritual formation best occurs in the context of meaningful church membership (Rom 8:28–29; Heb 3:12–13; Gal 6:1–5). We pursue authentic, healthy, loving relationships across generations and ethnicities as we journey together in faith (Rom 12:2; Eph 2:11–22; Tit 2:3–8).
As God’s new covenant people, the Church is composed of all Christ’s true disciples (Jer 31:31–34; 1 Pet 2:5, 9). Therefore, our church strives to uphold a regenerate church membership. Covenantal care from pastors and members should mark an individual’s time of membership. If necessary, church discipline is also part of this biblical community (Matt 18:15–20; 1 Cor 5).
Furthermore, our church embraces biblical leadership. The primary responsibilities of pastors include shepherding God’s flock, teaching sound doctrine, and equipping believers for godly living, faithful service, and dedicated disciple-making (Acts 20:28–35; Eph 4:10–16; 1 Pet 5:1–5).
We meet regularly in small groups where we can give and receive grace and encouragement rooted in God’s truth toward the ultimate goal of maturity in Christ (Gal 4:19; Eph 4:15; Col 3:12–17). In order to foster unity within groups and effectiveness in their outreach to the community, we encourage group formation based on geography.
4. Complementary Design
We believe God designed men and women as equal in personhood and dignity with distinct yet complementary roles in fulfilling his purposes, with men providing leadership in the home and in the church (Gen 1:26–28; 2:18; 1 Cor 11:11–15).
God designed marriage between one man and one woman to display the covenant-keeping love between Christ and the church (Gen 2:18–25; Prov 2:17; Mal 2:14; Eph 5:22–33). Therefore, we strive to cultivate healthy marriages that portray the gospel to the world and uphold God’s design in an age of confusion. We require pre-marital counseling for all prospective weddings among our members (Matt 19:10–12). While we honor marriage, we do not idolize it (1 Cor 7:28–34; Heb 13:4). We esteem singleness (1 Cor 7:25–38) and care for widows (1 Tim 5:3–16; Jas 1:27).
God ordained the family as the first unit of nurture and instruction in godliness (Deut 6:4–9; Ps 78:4–8). Children are a blessing, not a burden (Ps 127:3–5). We seek to uphold the sanctity of human life at every stage in a broader culture of death (Prov 31:8–9). We equip parents to be the primary disciple-makers of their children according to their God-given roles as husband and wife (Eph 4:11–16; 6:1–4). We also encourage and cultivate an adoption culture in light of God’s gracious adoption of his people (Gal 4:1–6; Jas 1:27).
5. Gospel Advancement
We focus our efforts on taking the gospel to all peoples of the world.
The local church is God’s appointed means for making disciples of Jesus (Matt 16:18; 28:18–20). We strive to cultivate a culture of discipleship where the normal agenda and priority of each member is to make and mature followers of Jesus.
As a neighborhood church, we seek to know and care for the needs of our Bluemont community. We are committed to provide a place of worship and spiritual instruction that is safe, attractive, and honoring to God as a light to the community (Matt 5:14–16).
We endeavor to develop real and meaningful relationships with the people that God, in his providence, has brought into our lives so that we might love them well and share the reason for our hope (Acts 17:26–27; 1 Pet 3:15).
We practice intentional evangelism as an act of love toward non-Christians, including children of our members, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone God places in our paths (Col 4:5–6).
We value the reconciliation of people of diverse races, backgrounds, and life situations through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We focus outward, cross boundaries, and step outside our comfort zones to share the gospel (1 Cor 9:19–23).
The goal of missions is the worldwide worship of Jesus Christ by his redeemed disciples from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation (Ps 67; 96:3–7; Rev 5:9–14). It is our privilege and responsibility to proclaim the gospel to all peoples. Thus, we seek, by God’s grace, to be a sending church (Acts 13:1–3). We desire to be sacrificial in the giving of our time, resources, and people for the good of the church of Jesus Christ around the world, and not simply for our own congregation (2 Cor 8–9). We prioritize sending and supporting laborers to unreached people groups as our missions strategy in obedience to Jesus (Matt 28:19; Rom 15:18–21). To do that, we seek gospel growth both at home and around the world (Col 1:5–6).
6. Kingdom Partnership
We partner with gospel-centered churches and organizations to advance the gospel.
We believe that Jesus Christ established his church as his instrument to advance his kingdom around the world (Matt 16:18; Acts 1:8). As a local expression of this universal church, Bon Air Baptist is one of many faithful, Christ-honoring congregations in the greater Arlington area that we view not as our competitors but as our co-laborers. We believe that local partnerships for the advancement of the gospel impacts society in many restorative ways. We partner with other Christ-centered churches and organizations through our prayers, our resources, and the efforts of our members to proclaim the gospel and to impact the greater Arlington community for the glory of God (Jer 29:7; Matt 5:16; Gal 2:9–10; Phil 1:3–6).
We also cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention to support the state convention and SBC missions and ministries, whether local, domestic, or international (2 Cor 8–9).
We also call fellow churches to biblical faithfulness and purity through instruction and encouragement about the nature of the local church (Acts 14:21–28).
Bon Air Baptist Church
800 N Illinois St
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 525-8079
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