Our desire is to help people take one step closer to Jesus because the presence of God changes lives.
We want to see every person in Middle Georgia hear the loving gospel of Jesus from the lips of a person at Wellspring Church.
PURPOSE - As followers of Jesus we have a unifying central purpose, to glorify God and experience his presence. We also find individual, specific purpose in the way that he made every one of us unique. It is our desire to live out our God given purpose and help others to do the same. The ideas of purpose are expressed in God's promise to the Israelites in Exodus 6 and restated all throughout scripture.
EVANGELISM - Matthew 28 makes it very clear that we are to go and make disciples. We believe this should be the primary purpose of the church and we focus everything we do around reaching those who don't know Jesus.
RELEVANT - The church should not exist so that church people can be comfortable. We are intentional about making the church a place where people can meet Jesus. This doesn't mean that we need to imitate culture, but it does mean that we will not be bound to anything not specified in scripture that creates a barrier for people to take a step closer to Jesus. Paul exemplified this idea in 1 Corinthians 9 where he said he will be all things to all people so that he might win some.
RELATIONSHIPS - We see relationships as the central tool that Jesus used to invest in his disciples. This is where life change truly happens. We strive for deep, meaningful relationships that help us grow as followers of Jesus.
ORGANIZATION - In Exodus 18, Moses learned an important lesson about organization and leadership. We strive to be a church that wisely stewards everything God has given us. This means we lean on systems and servant leadership to accomplish each of the 4 values listed above.
God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist 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 eternal life. Heaven and hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven's glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Baptism by immersion symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus and is your public declaration that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Baptism does not save you, but shows the world that you have already been saved. And while baptism is not required for salvation, it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.
Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41; Ephesians 2: 8-9; Matthew 28:19-20
Communion, or the Lord's Supper, is an ordinance given to all believers by Jesus Christ to remember his sacrifice for us and to symbolize the new covenant. The elements of bread and wine or juice are symbols of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Communion is not a means of salvation. Rather, it is a testament of a believer's faith in the atoning work of the cross.
Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19:20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Wellspring is Pastor lead with oversight, direction, and accountability from the Elder Leadership Team. There are also many teams who work with the Pastoral Staff and Elder Leadership Team to carry out the ministry of the church.
IN AUGUST OF 1966 a group of 12 people started meeting in their homes; this was the beginning of Westside Baptist Church. In the years since then, the church has served Warner Robins diligently and made a remarkable impact in the surround neighborhoods.
IN THE LATE 1990'S God began to give the church a vision for a new piece of property that would allow for expansive growth and a new season of ministry for Westside. On December 2, 2001, Westside held its first service at the current Warner Robins location on Dunbar Road.
IN MAY OF 2014 Westside called Chuck Lewis as their new Lead Pastor. Over the next 4 years, there was a drastic refocussing in mission and purpose to reposition the church for an incredible future. In 2018, the Westside leadership began to understand that the current name of the church was inadequate in expressing the internal change in the people of the church.
IN JULY OF 2018 Westside Baptist Church became Wellspring Church and began preparations to launch a second location in the town of Roberta Georgia. We believe that this church, now called Wellspring, is better positioned than it has ever been to reach Middle Georgia with the love of Jesus.