SBC of Virginia Core Values
Our core values are deeply held convictions which serve as a framework for how we work together in a cooperative effort to reach our state, nation, and world in the saving name of Jesus. They are the structure around which we build and do ministry.
Our foundation is the Word of God. The Holy Bible was written by divinely inspired men and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Our fellowship is built on healthy relationships. In our relationships, we try to emulate Christ as He is the perfect example to us of earthly relationships. As a church, we are called to healthy relationships with our families, neighbors, and church family. We strive to live in perfect Christian community with one another, and in that develop Christ-centered relationships.
Our focus is strengthening the local church. As our purpose statement reflects, the entire purpose of the SBCV is to assist the local congregations in their task of fulfilling the Great Commission. The individual in the local body is the vessel that God uses in bringing the lost to Himself. Therefore, strong local churches are imperative to the success of the gospel in Virginia, and as such is an emphasis of the SBCV.
Our function is to assist churches to be on mission. A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and working to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Our goal is to aid churches with the resources, support, and guidance to reach those ends.
Our future includes church planting. The Great Commission commands the local church to reproduce itself both in the community within and the globe without. Church planting allows the opportunity to reach the lost in the Commonwealth and also the opportunity to disciple and grow the Body of Christ. Therefore, we see church planting as a premier venue by which to carry out the mandates of Christ.558