We are delighted that you have found us. God is doing amazing things at Excel and I would like to personally invite you attend one of our services. We have activities for all ages and you can be assured that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of all that we do. Below is a brief description of our ministry philosophy. I encourage you to prayerfully consider visiting us soon.  I look forward to meeting each of you.                      Dr. Shannon, Pastor

Here at Excel Baptist, we strive to seek God, serve others and share Christ daily in our community. But what does that mean?

Seek God

God promises that if we seek him with our whole hearts we shall find him (Jeremiah 29:13). To seek God means centering our entire lives on Him, making Him and His will first priority.  But what does that mean practically? Both the Old and New Testaments say it is a “setting of the mind and heart” on God. It is the conscious fixing or focusing of our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection on God.

“Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:19

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”  Colossians 3:1-2 

This setting of the mind is the opposite of mental coasting. It is a conscious choice to direct the heart toward God. This is what Paul prays for the church: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5). It is a conscious effort on our part.  When you decide to seek God with your whole heart and make Him first in your life, your soul will prosper and your joy and peace will increase. We will develop a hunger to serve God by serving others.

Serve Others

When you serve, you discover that often the most important things you have to offer are not things at all. You start to uncover the full range of resources at your disposal (John14:12) – your time, presence, attention – and recognize that the ability to give stems from God’s state of mind and heart, a place much deeper than ours. Inspired by the possibilities this opens up in every moment, you begin to discover humble opportunities to serve – everywhere.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

“Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.”         ~Saint Teresa of Avila

Being the hands and feet of Jesus means we serve the needs of others first and at all times. We serve inside our homes. We meet the needs of the ones closest to us. We give to them but never take. We serve outside our homes. We go where others won’t go. We reach out to the unreachable. We become a friend to the friendless and we love the unlovable. We give extravagantly to everyone around us. We share our talents. Most importantly we give God’s love, the same love that was so openly shared with us.

 Share Christ

God meant for us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ through the natural outcome of living for Him. Sharing Jesus with other people is one of the most important things we can do as Christians. The answer to the world’s needs is Jesus Christ, and God has chosen us to reach the lost. The first and best reason we should evangelize is because God said so, it is one of the most major themes throughout the Bible and especially in the New Testament. The end of Matthew, Mark and Luke all have the same message, go out and spread the Gospel (Matthew 28: 16-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:45-47).

“Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20”