Our mission at Shady Grove Baptist Church is to glorify our God as we carry the Gospel to the world. With this in mind, we strive to fulfill God's specific plan for each of our lives in a way that honors Him and brings glory to His name.
We all see ourselves as laborers, and we strive daily to become better prepared to fulfill the plan God has for us in getting His gospel to our families, our friends, our community… the world.
Currently, 34% of all money that comes into our church goes directly into the hand of a missionary laboring for our Savior in a country around the world. Amazingly, this presently includes 141 missionaries.
As you will see, this is only a small portion of what we do at Shady Grove Baptist Church to fulfill the great commission God has entrusted to us.
Pastor Stephen Sorrell and his wife Mrs. Jill grew up in a little town in the southwestern corner of Virginia. Pastor Stephen was raised on a farm and was saved at the age of 14. In 1990, Pastor Stephen, Mrs. Jill and their 5 children began serving their Savior at Joel Baptist Church in the suburbs of Columbia, South Carolina. Pastor Stephen served as the Pastor's Assistant there for 8 years and preached weekly in local juvenile prisons
In 1999 Pastor Stephen and his family received a call from the Lord to go to the country of Sri Lanka (Island nation off the southern coast of India) as missionaries. In 2000, he, Mrs. Jill and their 5 children began deputation, and in 2001 they arrived in the country of Sri Lanka.
While sharing the Gospel with the Sri Lankan people (primarily Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims), Pastor and his family ministered to tsunami victims, preached in active war zones and refugee villages, faced death threats for sharing the Gospel, suffered potentially fatal diseases like dengue and chikungunya , and regularly encountered threats from deadly snakes (Russell’s Viper), rogue elephants, poisonous spiders, 10 inch centipedes and a host of other creatures and beasts.
Though there were many dangers, toils and snares, Pastor Stephen, Sister Jill and their children had the "time of their lives" as they served our Blessed Savior.
In February 2008, Pastor Stephen brought his wife and children to Bossier City to be our pastor.
What We Believe
- The Bible
- We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally (every word) and plenary (every portion equally) inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed. The Scriptures are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man
- We believe that the Scriptures have been Divinely preserved in the same Holy purity in which God originally inspired them. The preserved form of the Scriptures for English speaking people is only the King James Authorized Bible.
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6-7; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:24-25
- We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:10:26
- God the Father
- He is Creator of Heaven and Earth. He is perfect in holiness. He is infinite in wisdom. He is rich in Grace. He is supreme in love. He is measureless in Power. He is concerned and merciful regarding the affairs of mankind. He hears and answers prayer. He saves those who come to Him through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
- The Lord Jesus Christ... God the Son
- We believe that the LORD Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of Mary while she was still a virgin. All this was accomplished that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
- We believe that the LORD Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious (done or endured by someone as a substitute for someone else), substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification was made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where He, as our High Priest, fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8; Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:24 Romans 9:34; 1 John 2:1-2
- God the Holy Ghost
- We believe that the Holy Ghost is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. We believe that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration. We believe that He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ and indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption.
- We believe that the Holy Ghost is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures.
- We believe it is the privilege and duty of all saved individuals to be filled with the Spirit.
- We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing, ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection.
- We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20-27; 1 Corinthians 1:22; 1 Corinthians 13:8; 1 Corinthians 14:21-22; Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12
- The Chuch
- We believe that the local church is solely made up of born-again people.
- We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
- We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority of control.
- We recognize water baptism (total immersion in water) and the Lord's Supper (unleavened bread and grape juice) as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in this age. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17; Acts 20:28-3; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11; Acts 13:1-4; Acts 15:19-31; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:18; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
- We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
- We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the LORD Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
- We believe salvation is made possible totally and completely by the mediatorial (the act of working with two separated parties in order to achieve reconciliation) work of Jesus Christ, Who Himself was without sin, yet He bore our sins as our sin substitute.
- We believe that salvation is offered freely to all men.
- We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or "born again" by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit's regeneration does an invisible work in the heart of the new believer, giving them an appreciation and a capacity to understand the things of God.
- We believe there is nothing that prevents the greatest of sinners from receiving this gift of salvation except his own pride and rejection of the Gospel.
- We believe the regeneration will be evidenced by holy fruits in the subsequent life of the believer.
- We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God. Being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy. Knowing the way of salvation by Christ, we heartily receive Him as our Saviour. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Ephesians 4:17-19; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19 ; Isaiah 53:4-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:13-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 55:1; John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; John 5:40; Matthew 23:37; John 3:3,5; Titus 3:5; Romans 2:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Matthew 7:15-23; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 5:4-18; Mark 1:15; Luke 18:13; Acts 3:22-23; Romans 10:9-13; Hebrews 4:14
- Eternal security and assurance of believers
- We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
- We believe that the redeemed may lose his rewards due to failure in his service to Christ, but this in no way endangers or jeopardizes the salvation of the soul.
- We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. John 6:37-40; John 10: 27-30; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5; I Corinthians 3:15; 2 John 8; Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15
- We believe that both Heaven and Hell are literal places described in much detail in the Word of God. All of mankind will spend eternity in one place or the other. Those who have received Christ as Saviour will go to Heaven. Those who have not will go to Hell.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.
- We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the LORD, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the LORD.
- We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with the soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6; Revelation 20:12-13; Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6; Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15
- We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations (i.e., every creature) so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, kindred, and tongue who believe on the LORD Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to go to every individual in our own country and to every foreign nation and not wait for them to come to us. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5: