At Woodridge Baptist, we summarize that purpose under two headings: “Exalting Christ” and “Loving People.” These two goals govern everything we do.
In Ephesians 3:20-21 Paul prayed, “Unto him [God] be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Our desire to exalt Jesus Christ governs every aspect of who we are and what we do. Since Jesus, the incarnate Word, has revealed Himself through His inspired Word, exalting Jesus means exalting the Bible. At Woodridge the Bible is our sole authority. Therefore, the preaching and teaching of the Word of God is central to each service. We will not bend Bible doctrine to please men, and we will not trade purity for popularity. Rather, we will worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).
The mark of true a Christian is self-less love for one another. As we learn to depend on Christ, He will love others through us. Love enables us to live holy lives without legalism. Love enables us to serve one another sacrificially—and enjoy it! Love breaks our hearts for the need of lost souls without Christ, and compels us to open our mouths to speak. Love moves us to get involved in the lives of those who need to grow in Christ. Love is how others see Christ in us. Love never sacrifices Christ’s glory for temporary results. Love sacrifices self for eternal results.
Lives are being transformed and families are being strengthened each week through the power of God’s Word. We hope you will stop in for a visit soon!
The following paragraphs summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Woodridge Baptist Church flows from God’s Word. For a more detailed account and description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement from the church office.
We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We hold to the time-honored King James Version for all our teaching and preaching. With the constant proliferation of new and different translations today there is also a diminishing of the accuracy and authority of scripture. The KJV is the only English translation based upon the traditional Greek and Hebrew text (Textus Receptus) used by local churches since the early church, and its accuracy and beauty of translation are unparalleled. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).
We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).
We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the Cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the Rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind. However, we believe He has a special ministry which began at Pentecost and will continue until the Rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).
Sin and Salvation
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the Cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14).
The Local Church
We believe the church began with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe the local church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposes of worship, fellowship, service, and the Lord’s Table. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the Rapture, just prior to the Tribulation (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).
The Last Days
We believe in the literal interpretation of the Scriptures in their grammatical and historical context. We believe in the pre-tribulational Rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year Tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new Heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).
Frequently Asked Questions
Our church has always had an open-door policy. Feel free to ask any question about any ministry. We welcome your questions. Below are answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you’d like to submit a question or comment drop us a note!
What’s in the name Baptist?
This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be autonomous or self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church-baptism and the Lord’s Table. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church—pastors and deacons.
What does it mean to be an independent church?
As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we can support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 12,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.
How can I be involved in ministry?
There is much room for ministry involvement at Woodridge Baptist Church. In a given month, there are always opportunities to serve in areas such as maintenance and office-related projects. Feel free to contact the church office if you would like to volunteer your time in this way. If you are interested in teaching, helping, singing, or other visible positions of leadership, an appointment must be set with the Pastor. For some ministries, church membership and a waiting period would be required.
What is required for membership?
To become a member of Woodridge Baptist an appointment must be made with the pastor and deacons to hear your testimony. You must first be saved and then baptized in a church of like-faith and practice and agree to our membership covenant. You may be asked to complete a one-on-one discipleship course prior to membership. During a Sunday evening service, you will be presented to the church to hear your salvation testimony and be received into membership by vote. You and your family will be invited to attend our new members reception, to become more acquainted with the church family.
How are the finances of the church handled?
Annually, our church votes on the budget that is prepared by the leadership team and deacons. On a monthly basis, our deacons and treasurer meet with our pastor to review financial matters. At this meeting, monthly financial reports are reviewed. On a weekly basis, our treasurer and financial secretary work with the pastoral administrative team to keep ministry flowing and accountable.
How is the leadership of the church structured?
Ultimately, Christ is the head of this church. On a daily basis, the church is primarily led by the pastor and pastoral leadership staff. This team works together in prayer and decision making to follow the leading of God for our church ministry. Also, our deacons serve as a church elected group that meets with the pastor monthly to review and discuss matters of church importance. At our quarterly business meetings the church is made aware of matters of business and reviews the financial report. This provides a high level of accountability as well as a great spirit of team cooperation as we follow God’s leading for this church.
What is the church’s approach to financial giving?
We have never practiced high-pressure techniques or fund-raising schemes. Rather, we choose to annually preach and teach what God’s Word says about Christian stewardship and giving. How you respond to that teaching is a heart issue between you and the Lord. The only times you will be contacted about your giving is either when you request it, or when you receive your annual giving statement summary.
What does the church do to help the needy?
Many lives are touched weekly through the outreach ministries of our church. In addition to this, our deacons oversee a benevolence fund that is used to assist needy folk with basic needs from within and without the church. As these funds are limited, each need is carefully evaluated and met to the best of our ability.
Welcome, Pastor Jeff Harris!
On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Pastor Jeff Harris accepted the call to become our new pastor. He and his wife Virginia and daughter Olivia are thrilled with how God has directed their steps to join with the Woodridge Baptist Church family. They moved to Woodridge from West Virginia at the end of January. Also in January, Pastor Matthew Barber transitioned into full-time evangelism and moved to Valparaiso, Indiana. We are so thankful for God’s clear leading in our church in our church’s leadership.