Welcome to Glen Meadows Baptist Church
- 9:00 am - Gospel Worship
- 10:30 am - Contemporary Worship
- 6:30 pm - Evening Worship
- 7:00 pm - College & Young Adult
Meets at GMBC Lakehouse.
- 5:30 pm - Restore Student Worship
- 6:00 pm - Awana Program for Kids
- 6:15 pm - Adult Bible Study
College Hills Campus
About Glen Meadows
If there’s one sentence that can help you understand what we’re about, it’s our purpose statement:
Glen Meadows exists to make disciples by living LIFE together
Loving God and others
Teaching and training in knowledge
Serving and caring for one another
Going and reaching out
Everything Glen Meadows does – everything we are – is guided by this statement of making disciples that make disciples. We teach that every believer can be used by God to encourage another believer in their relationship with God – through Love, Instruction, Fellowship and Evangelism. We want to see every member grow in their own relationship with God, so that they, in turn, reach out and help others do the same.
All you would need to know about Glen Meadows – our organization, our ministries, and our strategy – can be learned through Starting Point, our new and prospective member’s class. You can join Glen Meadows through the class, or just come and learn all about us!
We have a saying at Glen Meadows: The members are the ministers, and the pastors are the administers. This means that we believe it is the responsibility of the church members to perform the actions of the church – in care for other members, in serving one another, and in reaching out to our neighbors, our community, and our world. Because of this, you will find our members serving in all sorts of ways – from leading a small group, teaching a LifeGroup, to producing the Sunday services, to going on mission to Europe, Africa, South America or East Asia.
Glen Meadows is a big church; big enough that we can’t know everyone. But we have another saying: Our church must grow larger and smaller at the same time. We want the people to grow, and that means getting involved in a small group, where God’s Church is meant to thrive. Because of this, we expect every member to connect with a small group. These groups form constantly, and meet on Sunday morning during our morning services. If you become involved at Glen Meadows, it won’t be long before you’re invited to a group!
Glen Meadows wants every member to become a fully-functioning disciple, or follower, of Jesus. Your journey to becoming that fully-functioning disciple is visualized by the Four Chairs:
You don’t have any relationship with God at all. You live for yourself, but you have begun to realize there’s more to life; God is trying to get your attention, but you may or may not realize it.
You’ve become friends with God and are striving to learn all you can about him – what he wants from you, how he speaks to you and works in the world.
The more you know God, the more you love him, and you’re compelled by that love to serve him. You want to show his love by serving others. This may mean cutting your neighbor’s lawn, as well as travelling to Peru to tell others about the love God has for you and for them.
You realize that God has given you, and every believer, the ability to lead others along the same path you’ve taken, and you find yourself reaching out and befriending some who sit in other seats, and pouring into their lives so they can grow – and you find out that you’re reproducing a new disciple who will one day do the same to someone else!
Growing through chair one to chair four is the destiny of every believer. Glen Meadows purpose is to see that happen for our members.
What We Believe
What you believe determines the quality of your life in a very practical way. Everything you believe manifest itself in one way or another in everything you do - How you feel about yourself, how you treat others, and how you feel others treat you. If you've never thought about it, take a minute and write down what you believe - about yourself, about the world, and about God.
For a thorough description of what we believe, please read The Baptist Faith and Message
There is only one God. Though there is only one God, He exists in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Humanity & Sin
Though originally created perfect, mankind used the power of Free Will to choose to rebel against God. That created Sin.
Sin is the result of selfish and prideful thoughts and actions. There is not one person - past, or present, that has avoided the selfish acts or thoughts of sin. We are all guilty, and we deserve to be put to death for rebellion against God.
Because of His love for mankind - for you - He made a way for us to be forgiven. That way was for Jesus to be put to death instead of us - instead of you. When he died on the cross, his death paid for all our sin. For all your sin. When he rose from the grave, he demonstrated that we no longer are bound by sin. When we ask for forgiveness, God grants it!
The Bible has all of this written down for anyone to read. God directed it all to be written down so we could know who He is and what he’s like ...and what he expects from us. It is, in a very real sense, God’s Word. Because of this, it is completely accurate and without any errors, so you can trust every word.
Heaven & Hell
Heaven is the place where God dwells. It’s not a physical place, but a spiritual place. And one day, if you believe Jesus is Lord and that He died on the cross and rose again, you’ll go there when you die - to live with God for all of eternity, just like you were originally made to do!
Hell is a spiritual existence eternally separated from God. If you choose not to give Jesus control of your life, then when you die, you end up here. It’s not what God wants for your life, but you choose this when you reject God’s offer of forgiveness. It is a place of horrible anguish and pain, as you pay for the sin you enjoyed on earth. Forever.
Though we can be good at times, as humans we are self-centered. Because of this, we are separated from God and there's nothing we can do to reconnect. We can't help but do the things that God says deserve our death! And so, we live our lives already condemned to Hell.
But the most amazing thing is, even though we live in rebellion to God, He still loves us and wants us to be with Him. He wants this so badly, that he sent Jesus to take our place in death - He suffered our punishment and died on the cross, so we don't have to! That's how much God loves you.
That's what salvation means: We have been "saved" from death by Jesus' sacrifice. Now, all you have to do is reach up to Him and accept this free gift of salvation. Talk to God. It’s just like you talk to anyone else - you just address who you’re talking to, and pour out your heart to Him. Ask God to forgive you and take control of your life. You can do that right now - all it takes is letting go of your pride and asking for that forgiveness.
Here's a video to help explain what salvation is: