Together with all Southern Baptist churches in Tyler TX, Sylvania affirms the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message. Being reformed, however, our beliefs are most accurately reflected in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Our identification with 9Marks signifies our commitments to expository preaching, the gospel, biblical theology, discipleship, membership, biblical leadership, etc. Our affirmation of the Gospel Coalition statement of faith and vision reflects our cross-denominational agreement regarding the nature and centrality of the gospel of Jesus according to Scripture. For more, check out What We Believe or contact us. We’d love to talk!
Our general approach to ministry is shaped by the “ordinary means of grace.” In practice, devotion to the means of grace mean that together we regularly (1) submit ourselves together to God’s Word, (2) pray, (3) celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and (4) strengthen, encourage, exhort, and sacrifice for one another in community. While the third element happens only during corporate worship, the others extend into lunch during the week, play dates at the park, and small group discussions. The goal is not only for Jesus to be the center of our worship services, but the center of everything we think, want, discuss, and do.
Scripture persuades us that our God is a saving God and He is eternally committed to saving a people for Himself from every tribe, tongue and nation. He has commanded and commissioned His people to pray and preach, planting gospel seed locally, regionally, nationally and internationally until He returns. So, while praying and preaching are not the extent of our missions efforts, they are undoubtedly the essence of them.