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Who We Are

Who We Are

WINDER FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
CHAD MANTOOTH LEAD PASTOR

OUR PASTOR

Chad is a graduate from California State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in Business Administration (2001). He earned his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (2005). Chad has 24 years of ministry experience, first serving for eight years as youth minister at Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, Ca. & Senior Pastor for two churches in California and Texas before coming to Winder FBC. Chad has been married to the love of his life, Sarah since 1997 and God has blessed them with four wonderful children. Chad enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, and reading. Chad’s passion is to see people come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and grow spiritually, that they might live out their faith and share the gospel within their community. His favorite verse is Romans 5:8, “But God shows His love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us”. (ESV)

Our team

IRBY STANLEY

Minister of Administration/
Adult Education

CHRIS BLANTON

Minister of Music

JAMIE KESLER

Minister of Children

MITCH NORMAN

Minister of Students

DENA HATTON

Office Assistant

BETH DRESSLER

Ministry Assistant

LORI MATTHEWS

Financial Secretary

PROCLAIM CHRIST

God has called us to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The only hope our world has is Jesus Christ. As Paul determined to know nothing but Christ and him crucified during his ministry in the Corinthian church, we will boldly, passionately, and clearly proclaim the gospel to our community through our words and our lives (1 Cor. 2:2; 1 Jn. 3:16-18). The gospel is the opposite of religion. Religion is about what we must do, whereas the gospel is about what Jesus has done (Eph. 2:8-10). In religion, we obey so that we may earn God’s acceptance. In the gospel, we find that we are accepted in Christ so that we may be empowered to obey him. Our church will be committed to preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as revealed in both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture. The gospel is the message that saves sinners and sanctifies believers (Rom. 10:17; Gal. 3:3). Thus, we will not be a church that preaches mere good advice. We will preach good news—in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and in our church!

CREATE COMMUNITY

God has called us to connect people in loving Christian community. The church of Jesus Christ is foremost a community of people (1 Pt. 2:10). We are not a mere collection of individuals. Authentic community is an answer to a deep felt need in our society. We are meant to belong. We were not meant to be alone. We will gather to worship Jesus as a corporate body, but will also gather in homes, restaurants, coffee shops, and anywhere else community life happens. The Greek word for fellowship “koinonia” means to “participate with” (Acts 2:42). We were meant to have deep meaningful relationships with people with whom we share the joys and pains of life (Rom 12:15). We will share meals together, study scripture together, pray together, and reach out to the lost together.

IMPACT CULTURE

God has called us to seek the transformation of culture within the city of Winder, our surrounding counties, and beyond for the glory of God. In Acts, we see that the first group of 120 Christians began a movement that split history into two pieces and reshaped global empires (Acts 1:8). Likewise, deep within in our hearts, we desire to be a part of something that big. We want our lives to matter. We want to change the world. If 120 people were able to change the world, we know that we can change our city. Thus, we are a church committed to the mission of God in the earth. We will not sit idly by, while our friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues are in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 9:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:11-15). Led, filled, and empowered by the Spirit of God, we will aggressively, creatively, and passionately seek the lost, preach the gospel, and impact the culture around us for God’s glory (Mt. 28:19-20). As a people commissioned by God, all of our members will engage the artistic, political, educational, and economic spheres of culture in our city with a gospel-intentionality. We will invest in our community and seek its welfare (Jer. 29:7). We will reach out to the marginalized and the hurting (Mt. 25:34-40). We will mobilize our body to serve and love people in every context of life. We are missionaries. God has called us not create a mere meeting. He has called us to create a movement!

THE SCRIPTURES

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21).

GOD

There is one and only one living and true God. …The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. …God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son

The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glrify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for Godly living and service.

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. …He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. …He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Man

Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. …By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

God’s Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. …All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.

(Rev. 20:6)

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

Baptism & the Lord’s Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. …It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members … memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privelege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations… 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.

The Lord’s Day

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. …It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. …Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly…the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. …The righteous… will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Education

The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence … there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. …The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.

Cooperation

Christ’s people should … organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. …Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.

The Christian & the Social Order

All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society… in the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death…

Religious Liberty

Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. …A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. … The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation… Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.

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