Let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5: 16
In 2020 Lake Ridge Baptist Church is a Lighthouse for Christ at the corner of Clipper Drive and Mariner Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia. The members of the Community of Faith are living the Great Commandment and fulfilling the Great Commission as true disciples of our Lord and Savior. Without compromising the Truth inherent in God's Holy Word, we present His Grace through our words and deeds. Our worship exalts Him, our ministry glorifies Him and our outreach prepares others to meet Him. Most of all, our faith is demonstrated through an unrelenting commitment to prayer driven by a fervent hunger to see His will done.
The Great Commandment
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
~ Matthew 22: 37-39
The Great Commission
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
~ Matthew 28: 19-20
The two passages, "The Great Commandment" and "The Great Commission", are foundational to our vision. Everything that is done at Lake Ridge Baptist Church should ultimately be traceable back to one or both of these passages.
The Vision is broken down to three separate and key Pillars. These three Pillars present the overall, God-sized descriptions of what we feel God is calling Lake Ridge Baptist Church to be as we implement the Vision.
We are a living, vibrant Community of Faith, renowned for our devoted love for God, for each other and for our neighbors.
We each purposefully invest in others by: building authentic relationships; seizing every opportunity to invite others to be a part of our community; making newcomers feel welcome and at home; and caring for each other through action, not word alone.
By this everyone will know
that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.
~ John 13: 35
We are a Community of Faith in which each person is continually growing in Christ. Personal mentoring, Biblical teaching and individual study fuel our growth. We are all being transformed by the Holy Spirit into the hands and feet of Christ to make Him visible to our neighbors.
And we all,
who with unveiled faces
contemplate the Lord's glory,
are being transformed into his image
with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit.
~ 2 Corinthians 3: 18
We are a Community of Faith in which every disciple is compelled by their love of Christ to share the Good News indiscriminately. Our Outreach demonstrates our love for all our neighbors while including opportunities for each believer to engage every segment of society for the sake of transforming lives through that Good News.
But in your hearts
revere Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared
to give an answer to everyone
who asks you to give the reason
for the hope that you have.
~1 Peter 3: 15
A Church of Prayer
For this Vision to be realized, Lake Ridge Baptist Church must truly be a "Church of Prayer." Every ministry, every program, and every activity - everything - must be founded in and supported by the prayers of God's people. Our number one priority, therefore, is prayer.
Beyond prayer, this Vision requires the dedicated involvement of the entire Community of Faith. Christ commanded us to "take up our cross and follow Him." Our Christianity cannot be a spectator sport - we cannot just be fans. We must be committed to being the disciple Christ calls us to be and live the life He has called us to live.