MISSION & VISION
The mission of FBCW is nothing new. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus gave His first followers a mission. Some call it a Great Commission. They were to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
This command was not just for the first followers but for Jesus followers today! That means you! Jesus is calling and commanding you to be a disciple-maker. What an incredible and exciting truth it is to be loved by, live for, and lead others to Jesus. We have a vision to increasingly become a more “Go & Tell” church. God has placed us in our community to be salt and light and we intend to shine and shake. Our desire is for what happens in the church walls to reverberate into the streets outside for the glory of God.
We cannot wait to see how God uses you at FBCW to “Go & Tell”.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Answering that question is pretty simple, but can change your life forever. It means that nothing comes before Jesus. Nothing! Jesus comes before all other things in our lives. It is impossible to say that we are followers of someone and not become more and more like them. Following Jesus impacts every area of life. It is a journey of becoming more like Jesus and there is always a next exciting step along the way.
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WHAT WE BELIEVE AND WHO WE ARE
We believe in the Lord God Almighty, the ever-existent, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are distinct yet one in essence and being. God the Father is supreme, exalted above all and ruling over all things forever.
We believe that Jesus is the ever-existent Creator and Sustainer of all things. Though He is God, He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man to accomplish the Father’s will by redeeming men and women from the penalty of sin. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, proclaimed the only way of salvation, died for our sins on the cross, was bodily resurrected from the dead on the third day, and was taken up into heaven from whence He shall return in glory to claim His Church at the Father’s decree.
Isa 9:6-7; 53, Mt 1:18-25, Jn 1:10-14, Ac 1:11, 1 Cor 15:3-8, 2 Cor 5:19-21, 8:9, Gal 4:4-5, Eph 1:18-23, 4:7- 10, Phil 2:5-11, Col 1:13-22, 2:9, 1 Ths 4:14-18, 1 Tim 2:5-6, 3:16, Titus 2:11-14, Heb 1:1-3, 4:14-15, 7:14-28, 9:11 -15, 24-28, 12:1-3, 13:8, 1 Pet 2:21-25, 3:18-22, 1 Jn 1:7-9, 3:2, 4:9-10, 5:9, Rev 1:12-19, 5:8-14, 12:10-11, 19:11-16
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is our ever-present Comforter, Teacher, Guide and Strength. He assures us of our salvation, reveals God’s truths and purpose for our lives, intercedes for us, and empowers us that we may fulfill the Father’s purpose for each of our lives.
Gen 1:2, Jdg 14:6, Ps 51:11, 139:7, Isa 61:1-3, Joel 2:28-32, Mt 1:18, 3:16, 4:1, 12:28-32, 28:19, Mk 1:10, 12, Lk 1:35, 2:25-32, 4:1, 18-19, 11:13, 12:12, Jn 4:24, 14:16-17, 26, 15:26, 16:7-14, Ac 1:8, 2:1-4, 38, 4:31, 5:3, 6:3, 7:55, 8:14-17, 39, 10:44, 13:1-2, 15:28, 16:6, 19:1-6, Rom 8:9-11, 14-17, 26-27, 1 Cor 2:10-14, 3:16, 12:3 -11, 13, Gal 4:6, Eph 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18, 1 Ths 5:19, 1 Tim 3:16, 4:1, 2 Tim 1:14, Heb 9:8, 14,2 Pet 1:21, 1 Jn 4:13, 5:6, Rev 1:10, 22:17
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible are God’s complete, perfect, inerrant, and infallible revelation to all of humanity, divinely preserved and given to us by Him that we may both know Him and how to please Him. The Bible is absolute truth and is therefore our final authority in all matters of life and godliness. We acknowledge that God expects every Christian to diligently hear, read, study, memorize, and meditate on His Word that we may live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.
Josh 1:8, Ps 1:1-3, 19:7-11, Isa 40:8, Jer 15:16, Mt 5:17-18, Mk 13:31, Jn 5:39, 8:31-32, 14:15, 21, 17:14, 17, 20:30-31, Ac 17:11, 20:32, Rom 15:4, 1 Cor 10:11, 2 Tim 3:15-17, 1 Pet 1:25, 2 Pet 1:19-21
MAN, SIN, AND SALVATION
God created man as the crown of creation, perfect and sinless, male and female. He placed them in the Garden of Eden to tend and rule over all creation. Man rebelled and sinned against God by believing the lie of Satan and disobeying God’s commandment. All men and women are thus born in sin and separated from God, totally and completely incapable of knowing and pleasing Him apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is only by a conscious, deliberate decision to accept Jesus Christ as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and by seeking the forgiveness of God by turning away from our sins that we may know and please Him.
Gen 1:26, 3:1-24, Ex 6:2-8, Ps 51:7, 66:18, Pro 28:13, Eccl 2:11, Isa 64:8, Jer 17:9, Eze 18, Mt 1:21, 4:17, 16:21-26, 27:22-31, Lk 1:68-69, Jn 1:11-14, 29, 3:3-21, 36, 5:24, 10:9, 26-29, Ac 2:21, 4:12, 16:30-31, Rom 1:16-19, 2:4, 3:19-25, 5:8-10, 19, 6:1-23, 8:1-18,29-39, 9:22, 10:8-13, 1 Cor 1:18, 30, 2 Cor 5:17-20, Gal 2:20, 3:13-14, Eph 1:7, 2:8-18, Col 1:9-14, 18-22, 2 Tim 1:12, Tit 2:11-14, Heb 2:1-3, 5:8-9, 9:24-28, Jam 1:14-16, 1 Pet 1:2-5, 10-12, 17- 19, 1 Jn 1:6-10, Rev 3:20, 19:20, 20:10-15, 21:1-2, 25-27
Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of Jesus and is for believers only. Baptism is an ordinance symbolic of the Christian’s identification with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
THE OBEDIENT CHRISTIAN LIFE
God is the source of our life and blessings and He demands we exercise faithful stewardship over all He has given us. We bring glory to Him and mature in our faith by practicing the disciplines revealed in His Word.
THE CHRISTIAN DISCIPLINES
Christian disciplines are the lifelong, continual habits that identify us as disciples. There is no other way to please God and to know His joy than through the disciplines of prayer, Bible study, witnessing, and fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters in worship and study.
LISTENING TO AND OBEYING THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit communicates to us as we pray, through meditating on the Word, through circumstances in our daily lives, and through other people.
God made each and every Christian to fulfill an individual, particular, unique ministry. We bring glory to Him by accomplishing that purpose.
We are responsible to God for everything we have. We should contribute cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally of all that He has given us for the advancement of the His kingdom on earth.
1 Sam 12:23, Josh 1:8, Ezra 7:10, Ps 1:1-3, 19:7-11, 14, 40:8, 119:9-11, 105, 122:1, Pro 3:5-6, 4;20-23, Isa 26:9, 40:28-31, Eze 3:17-21, Mal 3:8-10, Mt 6:6-7, 24, 14:23, 16:26, 22:21, Lk 6:38, 17:7-10, Ac 4:19-20, 17:11, Rom 6:1-2, 10:17, 12:1-3, 13:1-7, 14:7-9, 12, 1 Cor 4:2, 9:24-27, 10:11-13, 31, 2 Cor 4:3-5, 5:20-21, 9:6-9, Gal 5:1, 13, Phil 2:5-15, 4:4-7, Col 1:9-10, 1 Ths 5:17-18, 1 Tim 2:1-2, 15, 4:1-5, Heb 12:1-3, Jam 1:5, 4:7-8, 12, 5:16, 1 Pet 1:13-19, 2:9-17, 3:8-17, 4:12-19, 1 Jn 2:3-6
The New Testament Church is created by God to be the Body and Beloved Bride of Jesus Christ our Lord. Its purpose is to worship God and bring glory to Him.
The Church’s members are all those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, have repented of their sins, and been baptized by immersion following the example or our Lord.
God gave the two ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to demonstrate the Lordship of Christ over the Church. Baptism identifies us with Him and His Body, the church, and the Lord’s Supper reminds us of His victory over sin through His death on the cross and resurrection on our behalf.
Scripture states our teacher-leaders are our pastors and elders and our servant-leaders are our deacons.
Gen 12:3; 18:17-19, Dt 4:1, 5, 9, 14, 6:1-10, Neh 4; 8:1-8, Pro 27:17, Ecc 4:9-12, 5:1-5, 7:19, Isa 6:1-8, Jer 23:5-6, Eze 3:17-21, Mt 3:13-17, 4:23, 7:24ff, 9:37-38, 10:5-15, 12:25-28, 13:1-52, 16:15-19, 18:15-17, 24:14, 25:31-40, 26:26-30, 28:18-20, Mk 1:9-11, 14:22-26, Lk 3:21-22, 4:43, 8:1, 9:2-6, 10:1-18, 22:19-20, Jn 3:3, 23, 4:1-42, 13:34 -35, 14:11-15, 23-24, Ac 1:6-8, 13-14, 2:1-42, 47, 4:31-37, 5:11-14, 6:3-6, 10:42-48, 13:1-3, 14:23, 15, 16:5, 30- 34, 20:7, 28, Rom 6:3-7; 10:14-17; 13:11-14, 1 Cor 1:10-31, 3:10-23, 4:2, 5:1-5, 9:13-14, 10:16, 21, 11:23-26, 12, 16:1-2, 2 Cor 8-9, Eph 2:8-10, 19-22, 4:11-16, Phil 4:8, Col 1:9-10, 13,18, 2:3, 8-9, 12, 1 Ths 1:8, 1 Tim 1:3-7, 3:1- 15, 4:14, 2 Tim 4:1-5, Heb 2:1-3, 5:12-6:3, 10:23-25, 12:1-4, 28, 13:15, Jam 1:5, 22, 3:17, 1 Pet 2:4-17, 3:18-22, 4:13, 5:1-4, 1 Jn 2:3-6, 3:16-18, 4:7-8, 11, 20-21
MISSIONS AND COOPERATION
God directed that we take the Gospel to all the world. Missions—local, regional, national, and global—are thus a defining focus of FBCW. We have chosen to identify and work with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Northstar Church Network (local Baptist association), the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia to accomplish this objective.
MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is the marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive lifetime union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Marriage provides for intimate companionship, pure sexual expression (Genesis 2:25; Ephesians 5:31-33), procreation, and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church (Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 5:15-19; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual intimacy be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.
We believe any attempt to change one’s sex by surgery or appearance, or disagreement with one’s biological sex is sinful and offensive to God (Genesis 2:24, Genesis 19:5, 13, Genesis 26:8-9, Leviticus 18:1-30, Romans 1:26-29, 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Hebrews 13:4).
Such sinful patterns, if not repented, will be a barrier to membership, employment, and leadership in this body of believers. As such, we believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of this church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by this church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, abide by and agree to this statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are in accord with neither Scripture nor the doctrine of this Church.
God will bring the world to an end as revealed in His Word at His set time. Jesus Christ will fulfill His promise and return personally and visibly to the earth in glory. At that time, the dead will be raised, and He will judge all men in righteousness. Each person will receive their reward according to Scripture. The righteous will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord in resurrected and glorified bodies based solely on their faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment, for refusing the provision of God for their sins.
Isa 2:4, Mt 16:27, 19:28, 24:27, 30, 36, 44, 25:31-46, Mk 8:38, Lk 16:19-26, 17:22-37, 21:20-36, Jn 14:1-3, Ac 17:31, Rom 14:10, 1 Cor 4:5, 15:23-28, 2 Cor 5:10, 1 Ths 4:14-18, 5:10, 2 Ths 1:7-2:17, 2 Tim 4:8, Tit 2:13, Jam 5:8, 2 Pet 3:7-18, 1 Jn 2:28, 3:2, Rev 1:18, 3:11, 20:1-22:13
We read, teach and obey God’s Word in its entirety. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity and is the sole practical guide for transforming our lives. (Hebrews 4:12, Psalm 119: 105, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
We invite God to continually transform us
Spiritual transformation is God’s work of making us more like Jesus. (Ephesians 4: 22-24, 2 Corinthians 3: 18, Philippians 1: 6)
Courage and Sacrifice
We live courageously for ChristGod calls us to glorify Him by boldly following Jesus’ example. We demonstrate true faith by obeying Jesus no matter the cost and by intentionally sacrificing things of this world for Him and for others. (Deuteronomy 31: 6-8, Hebrews 11: 8-12, Ephesians 5: 2, John 15: 13)
We honor God by building personal connections to give and receive love, support and accountability in a spirit of unity. God made us for relationships. He united us out of diverse backgrounds, abilities and callings to spur each other on to grow in faith and service to Him. (Hebrews 10: 24-25, 1 Corinthians 1: 10 and 12: 12-19, Acts 2: 46-47, Colossians 3: 13-14)
We encourage and strengthen familiesThe family is God’s foundational unit for society and should be a primary source of encouragement, Godly instruction, and spiritual and physical support. (Matthew 19: 4-6, Ephesians 5: 21 and 6: 4, Deuteronomy 6: 4-9)
We embrace prayer for expressing praise, confessing sin, lifting up the needs of others, and allowing God to change us
Prayer is a loving communication with God for strengthening our relationship with Him. (John 17: 1 and 20-24, Psalm 118: 5-6, Isaiah 58: 9, Jeremiah 29: 12-13, Philippians 4: 6-7, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)
We fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples who make disciplesDiscipleship is the process by which persons become obedient and consistent followers of Jesus Christ. This is the focus of everything we do. (Matthew 28: 18-20, Colossians 2: 6-7, 2 Timothy 2: 2, 1 Peter 3: 15)
Our church was founded as the Occoquan Baptist Church, founded in the Potomac Baptist Association of Virginia in 1880. The Potomac Baptist Association was affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and by joining the Association, the Occoquan Baptist Church established a relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention which it has maintained to this day.
The Church originally met in the Occoquan and later the Woodbridge schools. In the early 1890s the name was changed to the Woodbridge Missionary Church and the first church building was built at the intersection of Route 1 and Occoquan Road. This building still stands today in the town of Occoquan.
From the 1890s through the early 1900’s, the church was led by a series of pastors, and experienced growth and decline and regrowth. In the early 1950s, the church moved to a new location on the corner of Occoquan and Horner Road. This building also still stands today as the Montcastle Funeral Home.
In the early 1960s, having outgrown the Horner Road facility, the Church moved again to a new facility on Millwood Drive. These facilities would be expanded via construction and purchase of neighboring buildings over the next 40 years. In 1968, the name “The First Baptist Church of Woodbridge” was formally adopted.
Also in the 1960s, FBCW started a tradition of establishing local missions, which would eventually become churches in their own right. In 1962, FBCW established the Riverview Chapel Mission which eventually became the current Riverview Baptist Church. In 1972 FBCW established the Lake Ridge Mission, which eventually became the current Lake Ridge Baptist Church. In 2010, FBCW sponsored the establishment of Hope Hill Baptist Church in the Ashland community of Woodbridge. A Hispanic congregation became part of FBCW in 1989, and a Korean Baptist congregation also began to meet at FBCW’s Millwood facilities.
By the early 2000s, FBCW had once again outgrown its then current facility on Millwood. In 2002 the Church purchased property at Minnieville and Elm Farm Road. It sold the Millwood property to a Korean church, and thus began a period of “wandering in the wilderness” until the construction of a new facility was completed. For three years, FBCW met in the Woodbridge Senior High School, the First Church of the Nazarene and in the local AMC theater one summer during renovations at the high school. Construction on the new Minnieville Road facility began in May of 2004. Worship service in the new building finally started in January 2006. FBCW currently occupies this facility with its 17-acre campus.