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FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS

Core Values:

Our core values are commitment to God, to His Word, to fellow believers, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development.

Doctrinal Statement:

The Holy Scriptures

We believe that "all Scripture is inspired by God" in the sense that "men moved by the Holy Spirit" wrote the very words of Scripture. We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Old and New Testaments.
We believe the whole Bible in the original manuscripts is therefore without error. Consequently, the Bible is the only infallible and authoritative guide for faith and conduct. (Matt. 5:18; Luke 24:44; John 5:39; 10:35; 16:12-13; Rom. 15:4; I Cor. 2:13;
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:21)

The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three distinct persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3)

The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe that the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be
God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal the Father and redeem sinful man (Luke 1:27, 35; John 1:1-2, 14, 18).
We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary satisfaction of the wrath of God against sin, and that our justification is assured because of His bodily resurrection from the dead (Rom. 3:24-26; 4:25; Eph. 1:7, 20; I Pet. 1:3; 2:24; I John 2:2).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills he ministries of intercession and advocacy (Acts 1:9-10; Rom. 8:34; Eph. 1:20-21; Phil. 2:9-10; Heb. 1:3; 3:1; 7:25; 9:24; 12:2; I John 2:1).

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, though eternally omnipresent, took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost, and now permanently indwells every believer, and by His baptism unites all in Christ as one Body, and, as the indwelling One, is the source of all power and acceptable worship and service. We believe that the Holy Spirit's ministry to the world is that of conviction with respect to sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 14:16-17; 16:11-17; I Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13-14; 5:18)

Man

We believe that man, male and female, was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's rebellion the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from God, and is totally incapable of remedying his lost condition. (Gen 1:26-27; 3:1-24; Rom. 3:9-23; 5:12; 6:23)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and
voluntarily received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Acts 16:31; Rom 1:16-17)

Eternal Security

We believe that all believers are kept secure forever. (John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; Heb. 7:25, Jude 24, I John 5:13)

The Church

We believe that the Church is a spiritual organism composed of all born-again persons of this present age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Acts 2:27b). Being such an organism, the Church is the Body and ultimately will be the Bride of Christ. (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Heb. 12:13)

Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, "the father of lies," the god of the present world system, and the cause of the fall; that he is the enemy of God and man, though he "disguises himself as an angel of light"; and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; John 8:44; Eph. 6:11-12; I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 20:10)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the imminent, personal coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own (Rapture), and His subsequent premillennial return to the earth to set up His Kingdom (Second Advent). (I Thess. 4:13-18; II Thess. 2:1; Phil. 3:20; Titus 2:13; Rev. 19:11-20:6; Matt. 24:30; Zech. 14:4,9)

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the spirit and soul of each person who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation passes immediately into His presence and remains there in constant bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming; whereupon, soul and body will be reunited to enjoy the glories and blessings of heaven forever. We believe also that the souls of those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Savior remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne, when the soul and body reunited will be cast into the Lake of Fire for everlasting punishment. (II Cor. 5:6,8; Luke 16:19-26; Rev. 20:11-15)

CHURCH HISTORY

A Brief History of Baytown Community Church

November 1979

Six families began meeting in various homes, desiring to start a church which was consistent with the New Testament teaching on the church.  The families were Jerry & Marion, Jim & Bernie, Doyle & Bobbie, Perry & Martha, Zeke & Karen, and Lawrence & Joan.  After a couple of meetings, our first visitor was Ruth.

1980

One of the members, after having given a gift to Dallas Theological Seminary, was asked by the Seminary if they could be of any help in the establishment of the church.  A meeting was arranged with Bob Salstrom, Seminary Church Outreach Coordinator, and he suggested Jim Owen.

Prior to starting the church, several of the families had attended Fairmont Community Church in Pasadena, where Ed Carpenter was pastor.  Independently of Dallas Seminary, Ed recommended a friend of his, Jim Owen, as a possible pastoral candidate.  The families took this as guidance from the Lord, and Jim Owen was contacted.

Jim Owen, and his wife Mary, began to come on Sundays for two morning services.  Jim began teaching and preaching the fledgling church.  The church continued meeting on Wednesday nights also with some of the men doing the teaching.

1981

Jim & Mary moved to Baytown for full-time ministry.  Jim became the first pastor and only elder.  The church began to grow.

1982

Because the number of attendees grew, the need was seen to move out of homes and into a larger facility.  Walden Oak Daycare Center on Baker Road was rented.  A used piano and folding chairs were procured, which were stored in a shed outside the Center.

1984-1986

It became obvious that a dedicated church building was needed, so the members began praying about a separate building.  Before we started a building program, we felt God was leading us to follow two principles: to only spend money as the Lord provided it (no debt) and to do as much of the construction ourselves as possible.  The giving by all was sacrificial, but one family donated the proceeds from a gas well on their property.

We had $20,000 in the bank when we found five acres on Cedar Bayou-Lynchburg Road for $50,000.  We put $1,000 down to hold the land for one month while God provided the other $30,000.  On the night before the deadline, we counted the money and God had provided $55,000.  After the land was purchased, it was found that the front two acres needed to be raised 8-10 inches for proper drainage.  The cost, not coincidentally, was $5,000.

We found a Christian-owned construction company that agreed to do any part of the construction we didn't feel we had the ability to do, and to do it at their cost.  They also advised us as needed in the areas we did ourselves.  When we determined how much money was needed for the next phase, we would patiently pray and wait for it to come in.  When it did, we would buy the materials, get advice from the construction owner, and do the work while praying for the next step.  The construction took over a year to finish, but when complete, it was debt free.  Building projects have splintered many churches, but doing it God's way had the effect of bringing us closer together as a local body of believers.

1992

Pastor Jim Owen believed that it was time for him to move.  He appointed Jerry and Jim as elders.  The elders filled the pulpit between his leaving and the hiring of the next pastor.

1993

Steve Parker, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, became our second pastor.  His name was given to us by one of the members of our church.

1998

Steve Parker decided God wanted him to be a missionary to The Middle East while he worked in a secular job.  Steve suggested Tim Hill as a possible replacement for himself.  At about the same time, a church member who had relatives in south Louisiana talked to Don Barrett of Camp Pearl, who independently recommended Tim also.  We took that corroboration as an affirmation from God, so Tim became the third pastor of the church. 

2001

Doyle was appointed as the fourth elder of the church.

2007

Rick was appointed as the fifth elder of the church.

2009

Rick Vaughan was ordained as Associate Pastor of the church.