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Warrenton Gospel Partnership


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Heritage Presbyterian Church
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Warrenton Gospel Partnership

  1. 1. October 28, 2018
  2. 2. In the beginning…  A providential meeting on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Warrenton Bible Fellowship  Two new friends (pastors Scott Ferrell and Brian Sandifer) with one dream for the local community  Two like-minded churches (Warrenton Bible Fellowship and Heritage Presbyterian) with one vision for the kingdom  Two groups with one goal of laying a solid foundation  Elders: set the doctrinal and missional foundation  Appointed “seed board”: craft the mission, vision, purpose, and operating procedures
  3. 3. Foundational Documents  Statement of Faith  Philosophy of Ministry  Mission, Vision, and Purpose  Operating Procedures
  4. 4. Background on Statement of Faith  Used HPC and WBF SOFs as the basis  Drafted as a consensus document by all elders of HPC and WBF  Goal is to confess unity in the essentials, and grant liberty in non- essentials  Charity extended to all churches who do not affirm WGP SOF
  5. 5. Statement of Faith 1. The Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments are inerrant in their original writings and are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible authority regarding salvation, faith and practice. 2. There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who are to be equally worshiped and served. 3. Jesus Christ is God incarnate, subject to the Father, fully God and fully man, one person in two natures. He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
  6. 6. Statement of Faith 4. The Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt and regenerates sinners. In Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers to follow in the example of Christ. 5. All mankind is lost in sin and totally helpless. In union with Adam, all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, therefore alienated from God and under His holy wrath. Only by the grace of a sovereign God can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed by the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. We receive God’s grace through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ, who, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. The work of Christ is the only ground for salvation.
  7. 7. Statement of Faith 6. As sinners, we come to faith in Christ as the Holy Spirit convicts us through the Scriptures, causing us to be born again to become children of God. Justification is by grace alone, received by faith alone, and through it the undeserving sinner repents and is credited with the righteousness of Christ. 7. Saving faith results in a process of sanctification in the life of the Christian, necessarily producing good works and service for the glory of God. God commands us to love Him above all and others sacrificially, with care and compassion for one another and toward the poor, seeking justice for the oppressed. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to constantly strive to make disciples among all people.
  8. 8. Statement of Faith 8. Christ alone is the Head of the church local and universal, comprised of all those who belong to Christ. The mission of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in unity and faith, preaching the Word, fellowship, evangelism, and keeping the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Ordained by Christ, baptism and the Lord’s Supper are a means of grace, but are not a means of salvation. 9. Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to complete history and the eternal plan of God. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world. Those who reject Christ will be condemned to eternal conscious punishment, but the believer will enjoy eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
  9. 9. Philosophy of Ministry The Warrenton Gospel Partnership exists to strategically spread, share, and model the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community through partnership with like-minded local churches. Our focus is on explicitly Christ- exalting projects and events to publicly express our fellowship in the gospel, our love for God and neighbor, and to make new disciples of Christ.
  10. 10. Mission & Vision  Mission: Local churches united to spread the gospel and minister Christ’s love  Vision: Every neighbor living in the power of Christ’s grace and mercy
  11. 11. Purpose Statement: paragraph 1 (The “philosophy of ministry”) The Warrenton Gospel Partnership (WGP) exists strategically to spread, share, and model the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community through partnership with like- minded local churches. The focus is on explicitly Christ-exalting projects and events to publicly ex-press fellowship in the gospel, love for God and neighbor, and to make new disciples of Christ.
  12. 12. Purpose Statement: paragraph 2 The WGP is an organized means for like- minded local churches to identify one another and to minister together in the community. This shared ministry will focus on local evangelistic and mercy ministry. Therefore, the WGP is not an entity that directs or performs ministries and activities, but rather, those events are solely the responsibility of participating churches. WGP is not a para-church ministry or a “new” local church. It has minimal internal governance and no autonomous capabilities.
  13. 13. Purpose Statement: paragraph 3 The goal is not to blend churches or congregations, but to stand together as independent congregations within the broader universal church. Participants and observers should be able to clearly see how the body of Christ can extend beyond any one local congregation by the love shown to one another and our neighbors.
  14. 14. Current Partner Churches
  15. 15. Past Partnership Events: Evangelism and Fellowship  Stories in the Park  Summer 2017, 2018  Christmas 2017  Bible Reading Marathon 2017  Chili Cook-Off Picnic 2017  Reformation 500 Celebration 2017  Easter Eve Worship Service 2018
  16. 16. Future Partnership Events: Evangelism and Fellowship  Christmas Stories in the Park 2018  Shadowbox displays and Scripture readings of the Christmas story  Live Nativity  Caroling and special music  Prayer and resource booth  Easter Eve Worship Service 2019  Vision  Ministry in public schools  Combined large-group youth activities  Guest preacher “pulpit swaps”  Joint evening worship services  ???
  17. 17. Ministry Partnerships: Mercy and Social Concern  Early stages of development  Mercy Ministry Program Development  Phase 1: Conceptual/Developmental Organization  Phase 2: Development, Structure  Phase 3: Construct, Implement, Mobility  Vision  Church Diaconal Network  Working relationships with community “safety net” admins and providers  Facilitate starting parachurch mercy ministries  ???
  18. 18. Committee Involvement  Meet quarterly to assess progress, share ideas, and facilitate partnership activities  Each partner church allowed two voting committee members, but guests are welcomed and encouraged to attend  We desire to grow the WGP with additional church partnerships for effective ministry in our community! So spread the word to your Christian friends and tell us which churches we should contact as potential partners.  Next meeting: Wednesday, November 7, 6pm @ MZBC
  19. 19. Web and Social Media  Web:  Who We Are  Why We Exist  What We Believe  Event Calendar  Contact  FAQ  Facebook:  Consider becoming an “influencer” by liking and sharing WGP posts on your FB page
  20. 20. Event Highlights Live Nativity 2016
  21. 21. Event Highlights Summer Stories in the Park 2017
  22. 22. Event Highlights Summer Stories in the Park 2017
  23. 23. Event Highlights Summer Stories in the Park 2017
  24. 24. Event Highlights Bible Reading Marathon 2017
  25. 25. Event Highlights Reformation 500 Celebration 2017
  26. 26. Event Highlights Christmas Stories in the Park 2017
  27. 27. Event Highlights Christmas Stories in the Park 2017
  28. 28. Event Highlights Christmas Stories in the Park 2017
  29. 29. Event Highlights Christmas Stories in the Park 2017
  30. 30. Event Highlights Easter Eve Worship Service 2018
  31. 31. Event Highlights Summer Stories in the Park 2018
  32. 32. The Main Point  Our local congregations are expressions of God’s larger church in Warrenton and the surrounding community  Christ’s kingdom is bigger than your church  God will bless your church by growing her numerically and spiritually as his kingdom spreads in our community  WGP events and ministries only happen because Christians decide and commit to serve  Ministry ideas remain only ideas until people decide to serve God and neighbor in tangible ways  How is the Lord calling you to serve?
  33. 33. Questions or Comments?  Ask your pastor or elder  Leave a comment on the Contact page on the WGP website