“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
For God’s glory and by the power of the Spirit, Hampton Park Baptist Church exists to proclaim and to display to all people everywhere the good news that God is calling out a people for His name from every nation, kindred, and tongue through the redemptive work of the only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
To be a people that live Life by the Book and display what the New Testament teaches the church should be, whether gathered or scattered.
Our Core Values
It is a simple phrase that communicates our desire for the authority and sufficiency of the Bible to set the direction and govern every aspect of our personal and public lives. We believe that Life by the Book has the following five characteristics that are drawn from Acts 2:41-47:
Believe (Acts 2:41)
We want to have a regenerate membership rooted in gospel truth and growing in gospel-permeated thinking and living.
We believe that nothing can take the place of the gospel in rescuing and transforming lives from being sinful rebels to holy Christ-like saints. A lifestyle contradictory to what the gospel teaches about God, man, rescue, and sanctification is a practical denial of it. No program, no list of standards, no group can do the supernatural work of the gospel to save to the uttermost those that put their trust in Christ. Because the gospel brings Christ glory in how it transforms people, we will make the gospel central in our preaching, counseling, and lifestyles.
Learn (Acts 2:42a)
We want to be a people that love, learn, and live God’s Word delighting in its unique transforming power.
We have full confidence in the sufficiency of the Word of God under the Spirit’s power as the means of regeneration and sanctification. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, and the best way to deliver its truth is as it is presented—in context, with attention to the Divine Author’s intent (Is the message of the sermon the message of the text?). While group therapy, amusements, social activities, psychological formulas, political action, entertaining speeches have their place, they cannot do what the Word applied can do. We want to encourage and equip families to function as the primary discipleship units in the church body, and enable parents to fulfill their biblical mandate to teach God’s Word to their children.
Love (Acts 2:42b-45)
We want to be a people growing together in Christlike character and conduct in order to be serving one another in love.
We desire that the Spirit of God to control all our church life, to bring about genuine spiritual unity, to prompt humble confrontation, confession, correction, and to spur evangelism and discipleship. We want to demonstrate Christ-like humility and to count others more significant than ourselves, to refrain from what harms our relationships to others, and to serve one another in love. Otherwise, our efforts will lack the credibility of divinely empowered living.
Worship (Acts 2:46)
We want to be a people that encourage and engage in Christ-centered, zealous, reverent, God-exalting, life-permeating worship in large and small gatherings and in public and private devotion.
We want to worship in a way that expresses loving awe and humble submission to God. We will seek to do this through humble, repentant attitudes that tremble at His Word and exult in His grace displayed in Christ’s redemption. True worship is neither mindless ecstasy nor dull repetitions. Corporate worship ought to engage all our beings—our minds, emotions, wills, actions—rendering to Him the love He deserves with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our united worship is hypocrisy apart from the devoted submission of our individual lives to Christ. We believe in the vital necessity of corporate prayer.
Witness (Acts 2:47)
We desire to be a congregation where everyone is actively engaged in spreading the good news to all people.
We want to create a culture of evangelism, in which every believer understands his role to be light in the darkness wherever he or she goes. We always want to be sowing gospel seeds, rather than depending on a special event or compartmentalized witnessing. Rather, we want telling people about Christ to be a constant feature of our lives. We want all members to be sharing the gospel and discipling others through all their God-given contacts.