To Glorify God through Godly worship, spiritual growth and fellowship among its members, reaching the unsaved. The church will teach, maintain and defend sound doctrine.
Exalting God’s Glory in the Church, Extending God’s Glory throughout the world, Walking Worthy of Our Calling.
The mission of Shalom Baptist Church is to fulfill the great commission by advancing the gospel in Mequon, WI and throughout the world.
Exalting the Savior (Godly Worship), Evangelizing the Sinner (Missions and Commission), Edifying and Equipping the Saved (Discipleship and Fellowship), Engaging the Servants (Ministry).
People caring for people in a Bible-centered, family-oriented ministry.
Our Core Values
Shalom Baptist Church will operate based on seven core values.
Core Value #1
God-exalting: We want to be God-exalting in all we do as a church. You will sense this in the air when you come to worship on Sunday mornings. Church is about God, not us! We live and worship before an audience of One! And it isn’t me. Nor is it you. Welcome to the church that is not about you or me! Welcome to the Church that is about God!
Core Value #2
Messiah-centered: When we come together in worship, we come to God through Messiah. God is glorified when His people exalt His Son by centering their praise and adoration on Christ. Our praise as a congregation celebrates who the Messiah is (His person) and what He has accomplished in redemption (His work). Our prayers are offered to the Father in Messiah’s name. Our hearts are shaped and formed into Christ-likeness as we hear and respond to the preaching of God’s Word. Our resources are freely offered to build Christ’s body and to advance His name around the world. Everything we do as a congregation is centered on Jesus the Messiah – our Lord and Savior!
Core Value #3
Word-driven: The Living Word (Jesus Christ – John 1:1) is revealed in the written Word (Scripture – Hebrews 1:1-3). This means that exalting God by centering our lives and worship on Christ can only be accomplished through God’s Word. For this reason, the Bible governs all that we do and say in worship. Every part of our corporate worship on Sunday mornings is saturated with God’s Word. We sing the truths of Scripture. We pray the words of Scripture. We listen to the careful explanation and life application of Scripture. Everything rests on, revolves around, and is permeated with God’s Word. Christ told His Church to “speak the truth in love so that we could grow into Christ-likeness” (Ephesians 4:15). The way God intends for us to do this is for us to come together as a body to sing, pray, and hear God’s Word. We are richly blessed each time we do, and we hope you will be as well!
Core Value #4
Gospel -focused: The Gospel is the simple, powerful, and profound message by which God offers sinful people eternal life! It is simple because it is offered to anyone who will repent of his/her sins and place faith and trust in the work Jesus accomplished for them on the Cross (Acts 2:38, 3:19; 17:30). It is powerful because it accomplishes a salvation from God’s wrath that no human effort or work could ever accomplish (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). It is profound because in every way it originates with God, the offended party and not man, the guilty party (2 Corinthians 4:3-6; 2 Peter 3:9). Left to our own devices, we would never seek God (Romans 3:11). God, on the other hand, was pleased to send His Son to seek and to save lost sinners (Luke 19:10). God has made salvation freely available to all men who will believe on His Son (John 3:16). That Son, Jesus Christ, commanded His followers to take that offer to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). As a church, we want to make His last command our first concern! We want to go wherever the gospel isn’t with the message that Salvation is only of the Lord (Jonah 2:9; Daniel 9:9).
Core Value #5
Spirit-empowered: Jesus told His followers, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” He went on to explain that after His return to His Father in Heaven, He would send a Comforter to be with them in His absence. That Comforter is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). The word “comforter” means to strengthen or encourage and it speaks of the empowerment that is available to each believer who orders His life according to what the Holy Spirit inspired in the written Word of God (Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 3:16-17; Galatians 5:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). By God’s grace, we desire to be such a people for the Lord! We want our words and deeds to please the indwelling Holy Spirit Who hears and sees our daily living (Ephesians 4:29-32). We desire to walk in obedience to His Word (Galatians 5:16). We desire to reflect His fruit as evidence of His presence in our lives (Galatians 5:22-25). In short, we want to glorify God in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31), and this requires that we submit to the Spirit’s instruction preserved and articulated in the Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:19).
Core Value #6
Grace-enabled: Grace is undeserved favor from God that saves us from the penalty of our sins (2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9). But it is more. Much more! Grace transforms our lives first by instructing us and then by enabling us to be more like Christ and less like the fallen world around us (Titus 2:11-15). Apart from God’s unmerited grace we would never be able to obtain forgiveness. Apart from God’s enabling grace we will never be able to live as forgiven people! Grace permeates our life as a church, and we hope you will be richly blessed as you become part of a community of believers who are passionate about God’s grace! We desperately need it daily! We desire to be transformed by its teaching. We depend on its enablement to live daily as obedient followers of Christ! And we want to extend that grace to you!
Core Value #7
Others-oriented: It is easy for believers to view the church selfishly. Let me explain what I mean. I am by nature a self-centered sinner in a world filled with other selfish sinners. The Messiah is not at all like this. He is selfless. He lived sacrificially for the glory of Someone else (God) and for the good of others (His church). I, on the other hand, am often profoundly selfish. I am not alone in my difficulty. All of us at Shalom Baptist share this predicament.
The way this shows up in the church part of our lives is in our tendency to look at church as a place where we go to get our spiritual needs met, our desires fulfilled, and our family relationships strengthened. In other words, we go to church primarily to get things we need or perceive we need for ourselves. While none of these things are inherently wrong goals, getting them was not why God put us in His Church. He put us there not to get but to serve. This means when we come to church, we need to intentionally divest ourselves of a “self-orientation” and cultivate an “others orientation.” While we don’t always succeed, you will find a group of people at Shalom Baptist who are learning by God’s grace to live to serve others!
Our Baptist Distinctives
A Baptist’s belief s regarding the Bible and its teaching differentiate him from other sects, denominations and /or organizations. These beliefs are the gauges by which our churches are governed. Strictly speaking, Baptists are not Protestants. Our spiritual forefathers were in existence before the reformation ever began. The following are what we call Baptist Distinctives: