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We Are Pilgrims
 
The Bible describes God’s people as pilgrims, sojourners, and exiles (1 Chron. 29:15; Ps. 119:19; Heb. 11:10-16; 1 Pet. 2:11). We at Dry Ridge Baptist want to embrace the church’s pilgrim identity. We are separate from the world, but at the same time we are engaged pilgrims, being the aroma of Christ as we walk the narrow path to the heavenly city (Prov. 4:25-27; Matt. 7:13-14; 2 Cor. 2:15). We believe that everything in life is subservient to this pilgrimage (Luke 9:23, 62; 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Phil. 3:14).
 
We Are Family
 
The Holy Spirit does not save people to be islands unto themselves but brings people into community (Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; Heb. 10:25). At Dry Ridge Baptist, we are a family—a family who does life together. By the blood of Christ, we have been reconciled to God (Rom. 5:10) and are empowered to “consider others more important” than ourselves (Phil. 2:3), to be “devoted to each other” (Rom. 12:10), to be “hospitable without grumbling” (1 Pet. 4:9), and to eagerly "maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3) . We are not business associates, but are a Christ-centered, Spirit-wrought family. By loving each other, we show that we love God (1 John 4:20).
 
We Are Worshippers
 
Everyone is born worshipping something. Until we are in Christ, our worship is on lesser and base things like self, money, sex, and power (Rom. 1:24). Here at Dry Ridge Baptist, we believe that the Triune God of Scripture alone is worthy to be worshipped (Exo. 34:14; 1 Chron. 16:25; Ps. 48:1; Phil. 2:9-11). Only when we worship in the Holy Spirit and according to truth can we experience true joy (Ps. 16:11; John 4:23).
 
We are Pupils
 
We cannot worship and serve God if we do not know Him. As disciples of Christ, we at Dry Ridge Baptist delight to grow in our understanding of Scripture. For only by knowing God’s Word can we “follow the pattern of sound words” in Scripture (2 Tim. 1:13), obey “the standard of teaching” to which we were committed (Rom. 6:17), and “go on to maturity” (Heb. 6:1). As pupils of Christ, we desire to think God’s thoughts after Him (Ps. 36:9) and to view the world through the lens of Scripture (Ps. 1:2; Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 11:3). At Dry Ridge Baptist, we proclaim with the Psalmist, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103).
 
We are Missionaries
 
Following after Jesus’ mission to a sinful and cursed world (Luke 19:10; John 1:14), we are to be missionaries to those who are lost and in need of salvation (Mark 16:15). The great commission tells us to “make disciples of all nations” by going, by baptizing, and by teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). This can be on the other side of the world (Rom. 15:20), or in the community in which we live (Acts 1:8). At Dry Ridge Baptist, we are serious about shining the gospel light into our community.
 
We Are Servants
 
Just as Jesus came to serve and not be served (Matt. 20:28), we too at Dry Ridge Baptist are servants, delighting to serve one another and our community. Out of overwhelming gratitude for how Christ laid down His life for us (John 10:15), we are empowered to pour ourselves out in the service of others. We say with Christ, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).
 
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