Ephesians 4:8-13 speaks of ministry gifts that Jesus gave to the church. Verse 11 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;” Why did Jesus give us these gifts? To equip the saints to do the work of the ministry.
From time to time, there will be someone who has experienced a personal call from God to the ministry, and this person will be recommended to the church and called by church vote. The church will form an ordination council from among the membership to examine the candidate. An ordination service will be held, in which a charge is given to the minister and also to the church.
Our deacons are elected from among those members who have proven themselves to have scriptural qualifications according to Acts 6 and I Timothy 3. They are servants of the church and help to attend to the needs of the members and others in the community.
Each deacon is assigned a certain number of families in the church to pray for and communicate with on a regular basis.
Praise and worship of our Holy God should be our lifestyle. In the Old Testament, the singers and praisers were sent out before the army, and the enemy was defeated. II Chron. 5:13-14 (ESV): “and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever, the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”
Psalm 127:3 tells us that children are a heritage from the Lord. We are committed to providing opportunities that will support spiritual growth in our children. We have Sunday School classes for preschool, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. On Wednesday evenings Team Kids meets (3-12 years old). There is also a nursery available at each service. The children are taught early about ministry to others, and they have special projects, such as collecting canned goods for Thermal Belt Outreach Ministries.
Vacation Bible School provides a week of learning, singing, worship and prayer, along with some good old fashioned fun, crafts and snacks. The youth serve as volunteers for this summer event, and we have a wonderful Director and instructors, as well as musicians. This is a good opportunity to reach out to children in this community.
Under the care and supervision of our very capable leaders, the young people are learning all about who they are in Christ Jesus, and the roles they play in advancing the Kingdom of God. Grades 7-12 meet for Sunday School each Sunday morning, and they meet on Wednesday evenings for a time of worship, prayer and learning. Once a month during the school year, they sponsor and actively participate in a youth supper. This supper is open to all, and donations given are used to help defray costs for a week of camp each summer. This camp is not all “fun and games”. These youth experience life-changing events during their stay, and their love and compassion for those less fortunate are greatly fortified. They also have special events throughout the year that are usually ministry based.
Other Bible Studies
Columbus Baptist Church offers men’s and women’s Sunday School classes. We have Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 pm and Wednesday evening prayer and Bible Study at 7:00 pm. We may offer special seminars.
Jail and Prison Ministry
Some of the men from Columbus Baptist Church minister at the Polk County Jail during certain times of the year. The women minister at the Rutherford County Women’s Correctional facility on a monthly basis. There is a tremendous opportunity here to reach out to others with the love of Jesus Christ.
Women’s Prayer Group
A women’s prayer group will meet periodically to call upon God for specific needs in the church, the community, the nation and the world. We lift up in prayer our North American and International missionaries who are giving their lives to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray first of all for those in authority (I Tim. 2:1-2).
Columbus Baptist Church hosts the Polk Baptist Association Fall Revival. During this time, we are overflowing with members of other churches within the PBA, as well as members of the community, who gather for the glory of God and to be renewed in spirit.
We have a glorious time with Columbus Presbyterian Church during a joint Thanksgiving Service each November. We meet here one year and at Columbus Presbyterian the following year.
Each year we celebrate Advent on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. We conclude with a special candlelight service. It is a special time of remembering our Savior’s birth and celebrating Him.
To commemorate the resurrection of our Lord, Columbus Baptist Church hosts a Community Sunrise Service each Easter at the gazebo at Stearns Park at 7:00 am. If you haven’t experienced this event, please make plans to come to the next one. You will be glad you made the effort to attend.
Some of our members are able to attend the National Day of Prayer Service on the first Thursday in May each year, held at the Columbus Courthouse. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance” (Ps. 33:12 NIV).
We participate in The Lord’s Table each fifth Sunday. “And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me’. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying ‘This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me’” (I Cor. 11:24-25).
Local and Foreign Missions
We have entered into voluntary cooperation with the Polk Baptist Association, the North Carolina Baptist State Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. We support their missionary, benevolent and educational programs.
We give offerings, as the Lord has blessed us, to the following:
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
NC Baptist Children’s Homes
NC Baptist Hospitals Mother’s Day Offering
NC State Missions
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Thermal Belt Outreach Angel Tree
Hygiene Kits (through Polk Baptist Association given at state fair)
We support the Gideons and other Christian groups.
The Good Neighbor Store
Our dedicated and hard-working volunteers make this missions outreach possible. In addition to providing items (that have been donated) to the community at super good prices, the store will occasionally donate items to families who have lost everything in a house fire or have had other catastrophes. (See weekly schedule for store hours).
The members of Columbus Baptist Church give countless hours of their time in devotion to various committees and offices of the church, assisting with the needs of the church and those outside the church.