“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
Evangelism and Missions (From the Baptist Faith and Message 2000)
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Southlake Baptist has a commitment to serve our local community in several ways
Pilot American missionaries with established works are training nationals in the ministry of the Gospel. National missionaries are sent out by the hundreds each year to win souls in cities, towns, and villages. Thousands are saved each year as Bible-believing preachers tell Filipinos of the love of Christ.
Hosting big events as community outreach. This includes Easter outreach, Friend Day, Open House, First Responders Sunday, KidzFest, VBS, and Christmas Eve. We mail postcards all over the area, as well as signs in front and back of the property, and encourage our members to reach out to friends and neighbors. We set the table for a welcoming experience and pray for the Lord to bring the people who need a church home.
Support for local community ministries like G.R.A.C.E., area Crisis Pregnancy centers, and Christian counseling centers like Metroplex Counseling.
Support for Church Planters:
Montgomery, Illinois – Grace Point Baptist Church, Pastor, Jeremy Biziarek. They can be found at wefoundgrace.org. Grace Pointe Baptist Church started with the goal to socially and intellectually re-engage society with the Gospel starting in the village of Montgomery, Illinois.
London, England – We directly support a family planting churches.
Global Church Planters – Through GCP, Southlake Baptist is supporting 24 pastors in the Philippines.
S.W.A.T. – Southlake Working as A Team. We do 2-3 SWAT events a year which include cleaning up parts of the city, helping those in need by cleaning up yards, mowing, and even delivering food to those who may be doing without.
Cooperative Program Missions – We give directly to the Southern Baptist Cooperative program. Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission—the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the “societal” approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns, and frequent emergency appeals which greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptists. Some entities took out loans to cover operating costs until pledges or special offerings were received. Click here for more info