We believe worship calls us to our mission of being the presence of Christ in every area of our lives. The worship of God transforms our lives as we offer our total selves to God. We worship God with a heritage of freedom—the freedom that each person has before God alone, 8 the freedom to worship without hindrance, the freedom to serve God regardless of your age or gender, the freedom to interpret Scriptures for yourself, and the freedom to worship God by serving others. We will learn to BE the church more faithfully as we keep the glory of God at the center of our worship. Worship becomes more than what happens in the sanctuary but who we are in our community. Worship becomes a way of life. This understanding of worship supports our belief that every member of our church is a minister. Each Christian discovers his or her calling to serve using his or her own gifts and talents by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Whatever the call—to teach, to encourage, to build, to comfort, to cook, to clean, to serve—all followers find a place to minister.
The Four Components of Our Worship
• Worship and Praise
• Spiritual Formation (Discipleship)
• Service and Missions
Our church fulfills Jesus’ parable of the “mustard seed” -- small beginnings have kingdom endings that will surprise you. A view of the church today provides a well-designed campus and facilities in a well-established neighborhood. Yet, Northwest grew out of a vision to plant a church in the open spaces on the far northside of a growing town. This pioneering spirit still captures the mission of Northwest of reaching out and being a church for all people. On August 3, 1952, 41 people met in an unpainted house at 1725 NW Robison Street in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This house certainly did not look like a sanctuary of worship, but God’s spirit was at work. Those 41 people served as the genesis of a new work of God in the Ardmore community, daring to start a new church on the edge of the city. Northwest Baptist Chapel, a mission of the K Street Baptist Church, was established. The chapel called Rev. Paul Kerr to be its first pastor.
Today Northwest Baptist Church continues to demonstrate our pioneering spirit. Northwest affiliates with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a national network of churches working together globally to spread the hope of Christ. Our fellowship supports a wide range of missions and ministries that give people meaningful opportunities to put their faith into action.
Our Cross Tower is a symbol of hope, reminding the people of Ardmore how much God loves us. The cross rises high in the air. It can be seen from the windows of Mercy Hospital for those going through a crisis trying to cope as well as to those driving by on their way to work searching for hope.