We don’t claim to be different, special or blessed compared to any other Independent Baptist missions organization. But there are certain things that we choose to emphasize.
We are a ministry of a local church, Old Pathway Baptist Church of Waynesville, NC, and you will find that the local Baptist church is the heartbeat of what we do and plan to do. We have not created a separate page for our local church focus, largely because you will see that thread running clearly through each of the distinctives that we have outlined.
Being a new organization, we know that you may have doubts or concerns. We would delight in answering your questions. Please contact us with those. We are striving for openness and clarity in dealing with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Gospel centered ministry does not mean weak ministry without standards or convictions, but rather that the Cross of Christ is much more significant to our daily lives than often we think. It is easy to slip into the Galatian error–that we can please God through our good works once we are saved. Gospel-centered ministry realizes that the motivation for keeping the Biblical standards and convictions that one ought is the Gospel.
Those two words have been burned into our hearts by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and men who have gone before. The Bible is the living book, able to quicken and transform like nothing else. Preaching is how the Bible is delivered to the heart and mind. Any other method, ancient or contemporary, misses this non-negotiable biblical theme—the Gospel is not advice to be followed but an announcement to be received.
This Gospel that is received does not leave us as it found us. Rather Christ is clear that we ought follow Him. This is not to be done as a sole solitary follower (though that may at times be necessary). Christ instead built his ministry on pouring Himself into 12 men. Likewise, those of us who have grown in grace must aid those young Christians around us. If unreached peoples are to be reached with the Gospel, national believers must be discipled to build strong local churches.
Unreached areas can be most effectively reached by taking the Gospel to the places of influence. Generally speaking, these are the cities, the urban areas that shape culture. This does not mean that we ignore or neglect the rural, but rather our strategy in reaching the rural is reaching the influential cities and training men to carry the Gospel, plant churches, and train men to do the same.
Unless you are a member of OPBC, you probably have never heard of Global Gospel Initiatives. If you’re like us, one of your first concerns is going to be accountability. Are they handling money properly? Are they actually getting the ministry done that they say they are? We understand those concerns, and we taking steps to assure that we answer them.