Knowing God and Making Him Known.
The vision of First Baptist Church, Ashland, Kentucky is to be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit, glorifying Christ by developing disciples who are growing in relationship with God emphasizing Christian education, fellowship, stewardship and a total commitment of life, sharing the love of Christ within the church, the community and the world through unselfish witness in Jesus' name.
The Church is to Operate as a Body.
Includes the concepts of spiritual giftedness, interests and personal styles; ministry accomplished in teams; and diversity. ( I Corinthians 12: 4 & 13, Romans 12)
Full Devotion to Christ is Normal for a Believer.
Includes the concepts of stewardship, servanthood and ministry (ministry over occupation)
( I Kings 11:4, Philippians 2: 1-11, II Corinthians 8:6-7 )
Lost People Matter to God, Therefore they Matter to US.
Includes the concepts of lay relational evangelism and evangelism as a process. ( Luke 5: 30-32, Luke 15 )
Fully devoted followers are committed to Continuous LIfe-Change.
Includes the concepts of small group ministries for discipleship development and accountability. ( Philippians 1: 6 )
Authenticity is Critical to Spirtual and Relational Growth.
Includes the concepts of truth-telling, biblically based conflict resolution, vulnerability and Christians in the marketplace. (Ephesians 4: 25-26, 32 )
The Church is Culturally Relevant while Remaining Doctrinally Pure.
Relates to authentic preaching and teaching which is life related. Includes the concept of reclaiming the arts for God and His work. ( I Corinthians 9: 19-23 )
All That We Do Is To Honor God.
Includes the concept of critical review in evaluation, intensity and excellence. (Colossians 3:17, Malachi 1: 6-14 )
The Church Should be Led by Those with Leadership Gifts.
Includes the concepts of empowerment, servanthood, strategic focus and intentionality.
( Romans 12: 6 & 8, Acts 6: 2-5, Ezekiel 34: 1-10 )
Spirit Led Biblical Teaching and Personal Bible Study is the Means by Which Transformation takes Place in Individuals' Lives and in the Church.
Relates to the transforming power of scripture in the lives of individual believers, and by extension, to transform the church. ( Hebrews 4: 12, 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, Acts 2: 42 )
Loving Relationships Should Permeate Every Aspect of Church Life.
Relates to the essence of who God is and the fundamental function of the church.