Our Philosophy of Ministry
Cherokee Baptist Church Is a Local Assembly of Believers Who Regularly Gather to Glorify Christ As Members of His Body
It is common to speak of a church as the building in which a local group of believers gathers on the Lord’s Day. However, the New Testament never makes reference to the church as a building but references it as the assembly itself. As a result, we understand the composition of our church to contain the particular group of believers, namely individuals who have repented of their sins and trusted in the righteousness of Christ as their only hope for eternal life, who have determined to place their souls under our care through church membership. It is both the privilege and responsibility of every Christian to find and join a local assembly of like-minded believers (Hebrews 10:25). As a result, we seek to be a tangible, faithful, and local expression of God’s universal church.
We Gather to Worship God According to His Revealed Instructions and Equip the Saints for the Works of Ministry
When God’s church gathers on the Lord’s Day, it does so with the primary purpose of worship. This purpose should be unsurprising considering the nature of the church, namely it is an assembly of believers. Throughout the pages of Scripture, we learn that God takes His worship seriously. This truth is demonstrated early in the Biblical narrative by observing God’s responses to the offerings of Cain and Abel. By means of this narrative, we learn that God does not automatically accept any worship presented to Him (Genesis 4). In fact, God reveals himself as acting in judgment on those who profess His name but do not worship Him according to the instructions that He gives. Nadab and Abihu were consumed with fire by the Lord for introducing an unauthorized element of God’s worship into the assembly (Leviticus 10:1-2). Similarly, God killed Uzzah for violating His revealed prohibition against touching the ark, despite the fact that Uzzah’s intentions were noble (1 Chronicles 13:10). Finally, our Scriptures end with a solemn warning against those who would either add to God’s word or take away from God’s Word (Revelation 22:18-19). As a result of these factors and more, we are committed to worshiping the Lord in both Spirit and truth. We do not consider ourselves free to worship the Lord in our assembly in any way that might seem right to us but determine to worship the Lord in our gatherings according to His revealed instructions for worship. Thus, we seek to have scriptural support for the elements that we include in our worship service.
Equipping the Saints
The church also gathers to equip the saints for the works of ministry. God has given the local church pastors and teachers to accomplish this objective (Ephesians 4:12). As a result, when you attend our worship services, you will witness a feeding of God’s sheep. We gather to be equipped. Thus, our gatherings are not designed to attract unbelievers, entertain people, or appeal to the worldly desires of the lost. We develop our teaching times to help believers to understand better the God they worship and thus be progressively conformed to His image. God has given us one authoritative guide which is sufficient to accomplish this purpose, namely the Scriptures. As a result, we seek to make the Scriptures a priority in all that we do.
We Scatter to Disciple the Nations
While we gather as an assembly of believers to worship God and equip the saints for the works of ministry, we scatter to disciple the nations. Jesus promised Peter that He would build His church and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matt 16:18). Christ’s building project is accomplished in part by means of His disciples’ faithfulness to His Great Commission. At Cherokee Baptist Church we hope to be used by God as means of fulfilling God’s Great Commission and witnessing the growth of His bride the Church.
- Believers Baptism
- Lordship Salvation
- Biblical Eldership
- The Sovereignty of God in Salvation
- Human Responsibility
- A High View of Scripture
- Expositional Preaching
- Cessationist Understanding of The Spiritual Gifts
- Complementarian Understanding of Gender Roles
- Biblical Counseling
- Church Discipline
For a fuller understanding of our teaching, refer to our Statement of Faith, which is found here.