"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
In 2010 the Association of Religion Data Archives estimated that less than 4% of the more than 207,000 residents of Arlington identified themselves as Evangelical Protestants. Further, of the more than 207,000 residents only 1.3% identified themselves as Southern Baptists. In light of these statistics, it is clear that there exists a great need for the proclamation of Good News of Jesus Christ in Arlington County. This gospel proclamation, the proclamation of an extraordinary salvation through Jesus Christ, takes place through ordinary means and ordinary people.
Our church outreach is driven by the public preaching of the Word in our services and by the members of our church actively engaged in personal evangelism. We desire to equip and encourage each member to reflect the gospel in their home, workplace, school, and neighborhood. In fact, doing so is part of our Church Covenant (“by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends”). Each of us desires to be part of a church that will consistently and winsomely preach the gospel during Sunday services, live out the implications of the gospel throughout the week, and pray for the salvation of family and friends.
Because the gospel has ramifications on every part of life and we are called to be a light to the communities in which we live, we support ministries within our own community. We're not only happy to support these ministries financially, but we're also happy to encourage our members to be more deeply involved with them week in and week out. While these outreach activities are important, the most important outreach activity is the proclamation of God’s Word, especially preaching the gospel to those who do not know that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died on the cross to bring forgiveness of sins to all who repent and believe.