About Westside Baptist Church
WE EXIST TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF OTHERS AND NURTURE A GROWING LOVE FOR GOD
Our Ministry Objectives are The Great Commandment and The Great Commission.
WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER CHURCH IN THIS CITY?
There are 130,000 people living in the Metropolitan Area.
People in our city with little or no involvement in a local church.
People involved in a church plant who have never been involved in a local church.
Christ followers who started their relationship with Jesus in a local church.
Before starting Skyline, they served (on staff) at their home church in Northern Virginia for nearly 15 years, where they served in just about every capacity, working with children, teens, adults, and small groups. They are passionate about Jesus and dedicated to helping the local church be all that He intends for it to be—where people can meet Jesus face-to-face and experience life transformation.
Jeff and Kristy felt God’s call to Charlottesville at the end of 2015, and by June of 2016, they packed up their home in Northern Virginia and moved to Charlottesville. They have two beautiful children, their daughter Emery and son Grayson. Their vision is to lead a church that loves Jesus, the city, and its people. They want to see people enter into a life-giving relationship with Jesus, and they desire to build a church that not only makes a difference in people’s lives on Sundays, but also serves its city throughout the week.
Everything we do is centered around The Great Commandment and The Great Commission.
Great Commandment (Love God)
Great Commission (Make Disciples)
We believe love changes everything. Jesus’ love for us changed the world. Our love for Jesus transforms us. Love for our city will impact it.
We believe the church matters. Jesus speaks when the church gathers. He is honored and moves when we gather.
Because we serve a God who is extremely generous, we believe the church and its people should be extremely generous with its resources; finances, time, and people.
It’s not just who you know, but it’s who knows you that matters most. We are a church of groups. We don’t think anyone should do life alone.
Everything we do is driven by our vision. It if doesn’t line up, we don’t do it.
We are a church dedicated to serving our city and meeting real, tangible needs. We want to partner with the amazing people who are making amazing things happen.
We believe Jesus is worthy of all of our passion. We pour everything we have into everything we do.
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
The Father: God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
The Son: Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
The Holy Spirit: His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
Humanity is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. We were created to have fellowship with God, but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, we cannot attain a right relationship with God through our own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. The Church is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands; it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells all believers, and through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, believers are empowered for Christian service and gifted for this service. The Holy Spirit also enables believers to live a Christ-like life exhibiting Godly character.