The Bible teaches that all people have sinned and we fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). This means that we all sin by nature and choice. Because God is Holy, we cannot come into His presence on our own. But God did something about it!
God has not left us without Hope! There’s a plan, the plan of salvation is Jesus!
God had a plan in place for Adam and Eve and God had a plan in place for us: Jesus! God is in the redemption business! Those who are in Christ are not condemned, “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). In Christ, All who follow Him live! “So also in Christ, all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). The wages of sin is death, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The Remedy for our Sin: Jesus Christ!
Since Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life,” we can only know the Father through a relationship with the Son (John 14:6). So, we exist in order to have a personal relationship with God through Christ and to share this Good News (Gospel) with others. John said, to as many as “received Him,” and “believed in His name,” He gave the “right to become the children of God” (John 1:12). So, we are God’s child and have been “saved by grace through faith,” (Ephesians 2:8), and adopted into His family, therefore, we must live as responsible sons and daughters of the King and as heirs to His kingdom!
“because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:9-10, ESV).
A public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ is important
Jesus, and later the disciples of Jesus called people to identify themselves publicly as His followers, even though it often led to persecution (Earnest E. Mosley, Basics for Baptists, p. 34). Jesus said, “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). One way we identify with Jesus Christ is through baptism in water which is an ordinance (command) from the Lord and is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
The Lord Jesus Christ commanded His followers to Love God and to Love People!
This is called the Great Commandment.
The Lord Jesus Christ also commanded His church "Make disciples of the nations" & we are to go "Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth" (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8).
This is called the Great Commission.
To be a church who loves God above all else, to love people without conditions, and to model Christ among the peoples of the nations to bring God glory!
Intentionality as witnesses—We must always have an answer to those who are hopeless, giving them the reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15).
Clarity with the Gospel—We must always give a clear/accurate presentation of the Good News, (Gospel), to others in order that they understand their need for Jesus.
Encouragement to new believers—We must quickly become a source of encouragement to new believers who often fall by the wayside in the local church due to neglect. We must help them in their next steps following their conversion.
Development of leaders—We must develop the following generations of believers by investing in them through mentorship and ministry opportunities.
Teach multiplication—We must develop leaders in such a way they multiply themselves to follow a healthy pattern of disciple-making.
We value the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. God’s Word is “a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). The Word of God shares the story of man’s creation, his fall into sin and the redemption plan of God to send His Son Jesus to die on a cross and rise on the third day from the dead!
We value faith for without it, “it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). We must have faith to believe in Jesus and to receive His forgiveness and live in freedom. Faith is confidence not in ourselves but in Christ.
We value prayer greatly because we need God’s wisdom and guidance as a local church. James, the half-brother of Jesus, said: “if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously and to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Paul said that those who follow Jesus must pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is integral to the life of a Christ-follower and the church.
We value worship as it enables us to know God and make Him known to others by lifting up or exalting Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself” (John 12:32). Jesus was referring to His death on the cross and when we worship Him, we are lifting Him up as Lord over our lives and for others to see and glorify Him themselves. Worship involves exalting Him, bowing before Him, praying, singing, praising, encountering Him is the Scriptures and giving, so worship is corporate and private.
We value fellowship with God but also with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Evidence for our need to do this is found in the success of the First Century church where they were devoted to the “apostles teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). Additionally, Paul wrote that Christians must be “devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).
We value holiness and purity so repentance must be regular and ongoing in our lives so that we enjoy fellowship with God and with people. We must regularly confess our sins and turn away from them while turning to God which leads to a change in behavior or actions. John said that when we claim “to be without sin,” we are only deceiving ourselves but if we confess my sins, “He is faithful and just and will forgive [us] [our] sins and purify [our] sins” (1 John 1:8-9).
We value disciple-making because this is commanded by Jesus in the Great Commission to “make disciples of the nations” (Matthew 28:19). There is value in reaching the nations so we value international, multicultural settings to carry out the commission through the multiplication of ourselves. In-other-words we must invest in relationships through mentoring and coaching people who will do the same and Acts 1:8 explains the field or scope of my ministry is to be the “uttermost parts of the earth.”
International Baptist Church Munich
Innere Wiener Straße 34, 81667 München
U-Bahn: Max-Weber Plaz (U 4, 5)
Tram: 16 (Stop Wienerplatz) 15, 25, 19 (Max-Weber Platz)
S-Bahn: S1-8 (Rosenheimer Platz)