Church History

Arlington Park First Baptist Church

 

In the early years of Arlington Park Community Development there was no Sunday School or church to worship in. Therefore on April 1, 1952 Brother and Sister A. H. Jordon opened their home at 1327 Sleepy Hollow Drive for Sunday School, under the leadership of Mrs. Beulah Strine, a missionary who had a vision. On April 6, 1952 thirteen children gather for Sunday school. The Sunday school continued to grow and attendance grew to around forty-eight and larger quarters were needed to accommodate.  


In June 1952, Mrs. Eric Lawler procured a tent for them from Bernie Morris of the Texas Christ Movement. Mrs. Lawler held a daily vacation bible school with over seventy present daily. Brother Fowler brought the evangelistic appeal, and thirty-one new converts came to Christ and the church continued to grow. 


On July 23, 1952, Moderator R. C. McNeal and ministers of the Peaceful Rest District Association organized the Arlington Park First Baptist Church and Reverend N. R. Washington served for a short time. Then Reverend Coleman was called. The first officers to the church were elected.


God saw fit to allow the church to purchase two lots from the water department. Late in the years of 1954, a move was made from the tent to a new church edifice located at Record Crossing and Van Winkle Boulevard facing Record Crossing. The church continued to grow and prosper under the leadership of Reverend H.W. Bell. In the year of 1963, we had again out grown our edifice, and God blesses us to building another church. Our services were moved to the Arlington Park Elementary School auditorium, and in 1964, we moved into the church as it now stands. Under Reverend Bell’s leadership we purchased three lots adjacent to our present church.


In the year of 1987, Pastor Bell was called from labor to reward. On the second Sunday in May 1987, Reverend David Jones Sr. became the fourth pastor of this great church.

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Mission Statement

We are called to make disciples for Jesus Christ. We exists to welcome people to faith, equip people with a faith that works in real life; and that through the Spiritual Gifts God has given us, people may SEE the Power of God that worketh in us; People may KNOW and desire the Word of God that liveth in us; People may GROW as disciples from the knowledge of God's Word through our Preaching, Teaching, and Living; People may GO and share the love of God in Jesus Christ with those that are Lost and need Guiding to Christ

Vision Statement

Our Vision is to unite together to create an environment of Praise and Worship that honors and exalts the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. To come together and promote Spiritual Growth through Teaching and Demonstration the Principles of God's Word resulting in Stability and drawing those lost into the Church Family. To show the love of Christ and connect with people of all walks of life through our spiritual gifts, our creative services, our discipleship, our outreach, and most of all the living Word of God.


We strive to be a vibrant Christian Church which exists to give glory to God.


To be a center for Christian renewal in the lives of individuals, families, and others.


We are committed to Worship as a dynamic experience of the presence of God through Word; Music, and Christian community.


We are committed to Welcome as an invitation to everyone to meet Jesus Christ no matter where they are on their spiritual journey of life.


Growth as the opportunity to increase each person's confidence and joy in Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible study, and through active service in our church, community, and the world.


Value Statement

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Our values are:

1.) Faith in Jesus Christ

2.) Passion for the Gospel

3.) Respect for all people

4.) Kindness

5.) Honesty

6.) Spiritual Growth

7.) Worship as a privilege and power of meeting God with other believers

8.) Community

9.) We are committed to equipping Christians through Biblical preaching and God's Word

10.) We are committed to relying on prayer for direction, conception, planning, and execution of the ministries and activities of this church

11.) We are committed to small group ministry because it is where most individual transformation, conversion, and leadership development takes place

12.) We are committed to helping people discover their spiritual gifts that they might use them in the building up of the Body of Christ, the church

13.) We are committed to the ministries of this church being carried out by non-ordained servants. This will be accomplished through training opportunities and through practices that encourage discipleship, leadership, responsibility and authority in various ministries in the church

14.)  We are committed to all people, just as they are, without regard to race, gender, age, lifestyle, or whatever. We value diversity

15.) We are committed to receiving direction from the Holy Spirit that enables creativity and innovation. We are more concerned with effectiveness in ministry than the adherence to traditoin or efficiency

16.) We are committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence in all of our ministries. This will be achieved when every person is exercising his or her God-given spiritual gifts to the best of his or her ability

17.) We believe that life is meant to be given away and that Christianity exists to share Christ with others. We will develop aptitudes that encourages numerical growth without compromising in any way our integrity or our committment to Biblical truth


Baptist Church Covenant

Our Mission

"Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ. 

 We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern. 

 We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith. 

 We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other's joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. 

 When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word." 

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