Our purpose is to glorify God
by investing ourselves in the deliverance of people from spiritual darkness
and by developing spiritual maturity in believers.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
In obedience to Matthew 28:19-20, the purpose of Sherwood Bible Church as a dynamic body of believers is to glorify God:
1.) by continually investing itself in the deliverance of people both within its community and around the world from spiritual darkness
2.) by developing spiritual maturity in believers through the meeting of realized and unrealized needs as they become obvious through exposure to biblical absolutes and cultural influence.
Comprehending and Communicating God's Word for Changed Lives
Teaching the Bible
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that the Bible is inspired by God and is the divinely authoritative Word of God. As such, the Bible is the reality that illuminates our lives and renews our minds to understand who God is, who we are and why He created us. Thus, in every facet of our ministry, we teach and apply the Bible's eternal truths rather than human ideas. We are committed to preaching "Jesus Christ and Him crucified" to the lost and equipping believers through the preaching and teaching of the Word to know God and to follow Christ in every area of life.
Equipping the Saints
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” (Eph. 4:11-12)
We are committed to training and empowering believers in our body to continue the ministry in our community and across the world. The New Testament makes it clear that the leadership of a church is to prepare its members for doing the work of service. Our ministry groups are an excellent example of how this process can work.
Serving One Another
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:3-4)
We reach out to comfort and lift up each other as we see in Christ’s example. Our primary concern is not for our own individual needs, but the needs of one another. An attitude of self sacrifice is manifest when believers in the body effectively love one another through serving one another.
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)
We join together expressing the proper perspective of the greatness of God in words, song and giving. These are the fundamentals of our worship together now and are a glimpse of what will be in glory with believers of every age lifting up praise to our God.
Reaching the World
“for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"” (Rom. 10:13-15)
We know that God is not willing for any to perish, but all to come to personal faith in Christ. It is a privilege and responsibility to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel of the grace of God. Therefore, we take seriously the great commission to share the gospel both here in Kansas City, and throughout the world.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1)
We are committed to encouraging, helping, and equipping parents to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Children need the godly influence of father and mother. It takes a family to raise a child.
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Tim. 2:1-2)
We believe that God desires and commands His people to pray. Prayer is an expression of our dependence on God. Therefore, we ought to pray with and for one another. Furthermore, we believe that the ministries and activities of Sherwood Bible Church will be characterized by our reliance on prayer in their conception, planning, and execution.