Question: What kind of Baptist church are you? Do you belong to an association or denomination?
Answer: We are an unaffiliated Baptist Church which means that we choose not to belong to any of the larger Baptist denominations such as the Southern Baptist Convention, American Baptist Convention, Missionary Baptists, or Baptist General Conference, etc... We choose to fellowship more closely with other churches that hold to a similar theology or philosophy of ministry as us whether or not they are Baptists. We would also identify ourselves as historic Baptists that hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
Question: Is this church "Traditional" or "Contemporary" in its worship?
Answer: We strive to be God-centered in our worship, however labels such as "Traditional" or "Contemporary" are defined by the personal preferences of the person worshiping. We would consider this to be a man-centered approach. We will use a blend of older hymns, Gospel songs, and contemporary praise music that best communicates the truth of God in any given worship service.
Question: Is Mission Peak Baptist a Fundamental Baptist Church?
Answer: Although we strongly hold to the foundational doctrines of Scripture that uphold the continuity of the Christian faith and the gospel (EG: The Deity of Christ, the virgin birth of Christ, Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of Scripture, etc...), we do not hold any loyalties to the "Fundamentalist Movement" since the movement is fractured in so many different factions and cultural aberrations.
Question: Does this church teach Calvinism?
Answer: This term is defined differently by those who understand it from their particular point of view. We are not Calvinists in the sense that could be defined by the following points:
1) We do not hold to Covenantal Theology in the same sense as those who hold to a single covenant in which there is no distinction between Israel and the Church, circumcision and Baptism, etc.
2) We do not follow John Calvin the man, nor any institution that happens to bear his name.
3) We do not hold Reformed Theology as a system in the same place as Scripture.
4) We are not Amillennial or Post Millennial in Eschatology.
We would identify ourselves by affirming the following points of doctrine:
1) We hold to a distinction in all of the Covenants in Scripture (Noaic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, etc.) and a distinction between the future of ethnic Israel as an elect nation and the Church (though the spiritually elect are one body e.g. Eph 3). We believe that the Sovereign Decree of God brings about all of these things for His glory.
2) We believe Calvin and many other great teachers of the Christian faith are right insofar as their teachings properly represent the Bible.
3) We hold to the doctrine of election and predestination as an independent choice of God from before the beginning of time to form a people for Himself in His redemptive plan.
4) We are Premillennial in Eschatology and see the elect Bride of Christ ruling with Him in the 1000 year period following His return.
Question: Why don't you employ an "altar call" or "invitation" after the sermon?
Answer: There is always an invitation to receive Christ or respond to the truth in the Word of God, but the outward act of coming to the front of the church and kneeling in front of the platform is nowhere found in Scripture. We prefer not to use this practice since it has its origins in the false teachings of Charles Finney.