Seven Core Competencies
We believe God has given Baring Cross Baptist Church the responsibility to fulfill His command in Matthew 28. To that end we believe He has called us to represent His Kingdom by living in complete obedience to His Word, by depending completely on His provision, and by sharing without reservation His message of grace and reconciliation. We have no authority on our own. We operate under His authority and according to His leadership.
We believe we best fulfill this task by making disciples. Making disciples involves sharing the gospel message, guiding people toward a relationship with Christ, teaching them the things God has taught us, providing an environment conducive to discovery, development and implementation of individual giftedness, and giving opportunity for the new believer to join with us in making disciples. Consequently, we believe our task is to move new believers toward spiritual maturity. To accomplish this task, we believe each believer must develop the following seven core competencies. These seven core competencies are the product of a biblical worldview based on God’s Word.
1. Becoming Biblically Literate - The foundation for this competency is found in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 & Psalm 119:11,105.
God’s Word is holy, inspired, and makes you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s Word is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. Biblical literacy means that one has a working knowledge of the biblical story, is developing the skill to interpret scripture accurately, and possesses practical skill in utilizing and applying scripture principles.
2. Developing a Vibrant, Intimate Relationship with Jesus - The foundation for this competency is found in Matthew 22:36-38.
Every believer possesses the capacity for a vibrant relationship with Jesus. The heart of this relationships is intimacy. Sin hinders this relationship and manifests itself through neglect (not spending time on the relationship), abuse (approaching the Lord selfishly), and unfaithfulness (reverting back to old lifestyle patterns based on our old, sin nature). This relationship involves prayer that both speaks to God and listens to God. It involves regular Bible study/meditation and manifests itself in personal and corporate worship.
3. Becoming a “Fully Developed Follower of Jesus” - The foundation for this competency is found in Luke 14:26-27; Luke 9:23; Matthew 28:18.
Following Jesus is at the heart of spiritual maturity, flows out of a vibrant, intimate relationship with Him, and is a matter of obedience. Becoming a “fully developed follower of Jesus” requires building the following core competencies into one’s spiritual life.
4. Discovering & Developing One’s Spiritual Gifts & Utilizing One’s Talents - The foundation for this competency is found in Romans 11:29; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31.
Every believer has been given at least one spiritual gift. These gifts are given at God’s discretion, they are not earned or merited. They are irrevocable and equip believers for service within the Body of Christ. Their development and usage allows the Body of Christ to fulfill its responsibility to “make disciples of all nations.” Spiritual gifts unite the Body of Christ, they do not divide it.
5. Developing a “Servant Heart” - The foundation for this competency is found in Matthew 22:36-40; Philippians 2:1-4.
Developing a servant heart begins at the point of conversion when a believer is radically transformed. Developing a servant heart requires a pure heart, will involve developing the mind of Christ, and will lead to a deeper compassion for those in need and a growing urgency to meet those needs.
6. Learning to Share One’s Faith - The foundation for this competency is found in Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8.
Learning to share your faith reaffirms your own salvation experience and creates anticipation concerning sharing your faith. Sharing your faith is an act of submission and obedience, causes you to be completely dependent upon God’s Spirit, and will put you in situations that will challenge you and stretch you and thereby grow you.
7. Developing a Biblical View of Stewardship and Giving - The foundation for this competency is found in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.
A biblical view of stewardship recognizes the sovereignty of God, the fact that all you have is from His hand, and accepts responsibility for His investment in your life. A biblical view of giving is a practical application of the biblical view of stewardship. Our attitude toward giving should display our love for God, our obedience toward Him, and our trust in Him. Giving deepens our relationship with Christ, determines our resources for ministry, and glorifies our Father in heaven.