OUR GREAT COMMISSION
Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
SOUL-WINNING / VISITATION
What is soul-winning?
Soul-winning is simply telling others about Christ and what Christ has done for us.
Why do we witness?
1. It is a command from Jesus. Jesus told us “Go."
2. We go because we know the change that Christ made in our own lives, and He can do the same for others.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
3. We know that God wants a relationship with us. He created us to fellowship with Him. Jesus said that He came "that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
4. We know that Hell is real. Jesus spoke more on Hell than he did on Heaven. It is a place of everlasting torment by fire, a place created for the devil and his angels. That said, God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He wants all men to be saved, but they must accept Christ and not turn Him away.
What is the Gospel?
The Gospel message is still the same, that Jesus died for sinners (which are everyone of us), was buried, rose again, and is seated on the right hand of the Father in Heaven making intercession for us. When a person realizes that they have sinned against God and are willing to turn to God, He will save them, if they ask.
How Do We Witness?
We preach the Gospel message from our pulpit and exhort our members to be a witness to those around them.
We witness to others by our actions and words.
- By our actions, we believe that we should live holy, separated lives that glorify Christ. This shows to others how God changes lives.
- By our words, we believe that we should tell others about the Gospel and how it changed our lives.
WAYS WE CAN WITNESS!
- Personally, one-on-one
- Gospel Tracts
- Gospel Preaching
- Door-to-door Visitation
- Website, Etc…
THE MISSION CALL
ACTS 13:2 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”
What is a missionary?
While the word "missionary" is not in the KJV, it has the same meaning as the Bible word "evangelist." An evangelist, defined, is "a bringer of good tidings, a preacher of the gospel." We all are to be missionaries wherever we go, be it near our home or anywhere we go. However, God does call Believers to specific fields (or areas of the world) where there is no Gospel message. Jesus sent out his disciples to preach to others. The churches in the book of Acts sent out men of God to preach in other regions, the Apostle Paul being the most well-known missionary.
Why do we send missionaries?
- It is a command from Jesus. Jesus told us in Matthew 28:18-20 "go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." Acts 1:8 - "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
- God is also not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
- We send missionaries on our behalf because we cannot all go to the uttermost part of the earth.
- We desire to start other churches in the regions beyond.
- We know that Hell is real. Millions of men, woman, and children will spend an eternity there if we do not reach them with the Gospel.
Who do we support as missionaries?
We support local church missionaries from other like-minded New Testament Independent Baptist churches, whose home church has examined and sent them out. (We believe that mission's work is carried out by churches, not mission boards, although mission agencies can be of assistance to the local church and the missionary without usurping authority over the church.) These missionaries line up doctrinally with the KJV Bible.
How do we support our missionaries?
We financially support our missionaries through faith promise giving. Each year at our Missions Conference, we are challenged by the preaching to personally designate to missions whatever God lays on our hearts.
We also support our missionaries through prayer and personal communication. This encourages the missionary and helps them to continue on preaching the Gospel.
In addition, our Pastor makes it a point during our mid-week services to read the missionary letters that we receive. This is encouraging to our people to see how God is working in the lives of people around the world. It also helps our people to pray more specifically for the needs of our missionaries or those with whom they are working.
Our Jail / Prison Ministry is designed to help aid inmates in gaining knowledge from the Word of God, providing a witness of Jesus Christ’s blessed assurance of salvation to their souls, and giving an invitation to our church in order to help grow the desire for change in a person’s life. At Mt Ogden Baptist Church, we are blessed to be able to go into our local jail and the prison in Salt Lake City and tell others what Christ has done for them.
We salute all the individuals and families who are currently serving, or who have served in the armed forces. Service members have a special place in the heart of Mt Ogden Baptist Church due to our proximity to Hill Air Force Base and our Pastor is a U.S. Navy veteran. We offer rides from the base to every worship service (call us for more information).
Ezekiel 33:8 “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
WHO and HOW
Here men and women, boys, and girls, hold up scripture signs that tell the way of salvation. They also pass out tracts and witness to the foot traffic that comes by. We present the gospel clearly as we contend for man’s souls.
We believe that if the lost are not willing to come to church, we should go to them. Jesus said, “Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23) Seeing that every preacher in the Bible was a street preacher, we follow the example of Jesus and Paul.
Our Pastor has a vision to start churches in areas where there is no true Gospel message.
ACTS 14:21-23 “And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”
The New Testament teaches that church planting is the responsibility of local churches. It is the local church's responsibility because the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) was given to the church.
We see examples of this throughout the New Testament, most notably with the Apostle Paul. He was sent out by the church at Antioch to preach the Gospel and start churches in other cities. He, and others with him, started churches all over the known world. Those churches reproduced other churches.
We see this in the lineage of our own church, how one church sent out laborers to start new churches and propagate the Gospel. Our church was planted by Mt Logan Baptist Church of Logan, UT.
By God's grace, we will continue starting churches. There is a great need for sound, New Testament churches locally, nationally, and around the world.
EPHESIANS 4:11-13 “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
2 TIMOTHY 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Ogden Baptist Bible College exists to train men and women for the work of the ministry and equipping others for Godly living.
PROVERBS 4:7 “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
We are blessed to be working on a not-for-profit bookstore at our church. We will have books, Bibles, music, devotionals, and more to help our members and visitors. The bookstore will be open after most services for anyone to shop.
Good reading is important in our lives as Believers. We need books with Biblical truths that will help and not lead us astray. There are many books online and at stores that can lead Believers into the wrong truths. We do not want that at Mt Ogden Baptist Church. We want books that help, but that hold true to the Word of God.
COLOSSIANS 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Good music is also important in our lives as Believers. The Bible tells us that music has power, and it can edify a Believer or turn them to the world. Adding good music into our lives helps our homes, helps our walk with God, and encourages. What is good music? It is music that is uplifting and does not appeal to the flesh before it appeals to the heart. We want to provide the type of music that encourages and uplifts.