For God so loved the world...
First Baptist Church Martinsville is a community of faith that strongly believes in Christ's call to preach the Gospel and make disciples. This means more than changing the religious affiliation of others. Instead, we follow in the Apostle Paul's instruction that if anyone is "in Christ" then that person becomes part of a "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17) - a world renewed by the God whose will is to be done "on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
As God's mission - the missio dei - continues to renew the world in love, justice, and peace, we recognize that this divine work is going on within us and all around us. Because of this, we continue to learn and grow, discovering how Christ calls us to a richer understanding of his kingdom. But our ongoing spiritual formation also fuels (and is fueled by) God's work all around us - in our loved ones, our community, and throughout the world.