What to Expect Our morning worship attendance averages around 60 to 70. Our worship services are "traditional" with expository preaching, hymn-singing to piano and keyboard accompaniment, and a small but effective choir that presents well-written anthems by contemporary composers and arrangers. We highly value prayer, Bible reading and teaching, love towards one another (and friendliness toward visitors), worship, service, and outreach through our support of missionaries, church plants, and ministries. We usually celebrate the Lord's Table (communion) that is open to all believers, at the evening service the 3rd Sunday of each month. Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) are available from the sound console operator. Live, Russian translation is available at the morning worship service. Dress is typically casual.
The Truths We Embrace We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error as originally written. It is the complete revelation of His will and His kingdom purposes; and is the only unfailing rule of faith and practice for life.
We believe in one God, Creator and sustainer of all things, ruler over heaven and earth, existing in three persons understood as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal, co-equal, and co-powerful.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His miraculous conception, His virgin birth, His sinlesss life, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal, imminent return.
We believe man was created by and for God. That by disobeying God, every person incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all people are sinners by nature, by choice, and by practice.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that ll who believe in Him, confessing and repenting from their sins, with true, saving faith are declared righteous and are placed in a right relationship with God.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit indwelling all Christians, enabling and empowering their life and ministry.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of everyone who has every lived; to everlasting blessedness with God for those in right relationship with Him, to everlasting punishment for those who have rejected His forgiveness of their sins through His Son.
Returning To God In Worship Personally
We choose to live out a lifestyle of worship, knowing that as a child of God, all of life is holy ground.
We anticipate fresh encounters with God constantly, knowing that every time we open His Word we are face-to-face with Him.
We learn to know the voice of God and recognize when He is speaking.
We come to worship with a heart and life in full commitment to obey God out of each an every encounter.
We choose to be with God's people every Lord's Day and make this our way of life; choosing not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together before Him.
We are active seekers after God as His people, for there are no passive worshipers.
We acknowledge there are things God does with and through His people corporately that He does not do with us individually.
Having been exposed so thoroughly to God's presence in corporate worship, we are committed to obeying Him in all of His revelation of himself and His purposes to us.
"A transformed life that comes out of true worship is the greatest testimony there is for a watching world." The above comments are adapted from "Worship: Believers Experiencing God" by Ron Owens and Henry Blackaby.
History Our church was established in 1963 by the First Baptist Church of Auburn as the "Kent Mission," and we have been at our current location since 1968, at which time we adopted our name from the neighboring "Sequoia Junior High" which is now called "Kent Phoenix Academy." Our Pastor, Brian Duffer, transitioned from an interim to permanent pastor in 1994, and he graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002.
We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the world's largest Baptist denomination and the largest Protestant body in the United States.