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It is our desire to start a Navajo Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. The need for a Navajo Baptist Church in Phoenix is great! A year 2000 census states that over 24,000 Navajo live in Phoenix. It further estimates that if current population trends continue, Phoenix could host 70,000 Navajo by the year 2010. Also, various social and cultural differences cause many Navajo to feel like they don't "fit" in church. While not seeking to be exclusive from others, we would like to help the Navajo of Phoenix to start a church where Navajo singing and preaching is heard, and where Biblical principles are applied with a sensitivity toward Navajo culture.

Hi! We are the Norris family. We have labored to bring the life-changing story of Jesus to the Navajo Nation since 1988. We have been instumental in helping to establish Baptist churches in and around the Crownpoint, NM area and have started a church in Black Mesa, AZ. However, in 2006 we changed the location of our ministry efforts. We now live in the Phoenix valley.

Our sending Church: Overland Park Baptist Temple, 11648 Antioch Road, OverlandPark, KS 66210 / Pastors Tracy Roby & Jerry Byars /(913) 498-8444.

Graduates: My wife and I both Graduated in 1987 from Baptist Bible College of Springfield, MO. BBC is a Bible school of Baptist Bible Fellowship International. Both are for the advance of world evangelism through the efforts of independent fundamental Baptist churches. For more information go to their website at www.BBFIMissions.com.

BAPTIST STATEMENT OF FAITH:

1. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Matthew 28:18-20; 1Timothy 2:5-6)

2. We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the final authority for faith and life. (Psalms 119:89; 2Timothy 3:16-17; 2Peter1:20-21)

3. We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth and substitutionary death, in His resurrection and ascension to heaven, and in His personal, imminent and visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; 1Corinthians 15:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20; 1Thessalonians 4:15-18)

4. We believe in the fall and total depravity of man and his need for regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation. (John 3:1-6; Romans 3:9-12,23; 5:12,19; Titus 3:5-7)

5. We believe salvation is by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ, apart from works, and that all who believe in Him recieve forgiveness of sins, the righteousness of Christ, and the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16; 5:24; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)

6. We believe inthe bodily resurrection of all mankind, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in heaven, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the unsaved in Hell. (John 5:28-29; 1Corinthians 15:51-58; 2Corinthians 5:6-8; Revelation 20:11-15)

7. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, fills, and equips believers to live a godly life, and that Christian growth and fruitfulness are the evidences of His work in them, not the sign gifts of the early apostolic church. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Galations 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:17-21)

8. We believe that the church consists of all those born again by the Holy Spirit, and that it is manifested in local congregations established for evangelism, worship and edification. (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25)

9. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The authority to baptise is given to the local church to show, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptim is a requirement to the privileges of church membership. (Matt. 3:16; 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5)

10. We believe the Lord's supper is an ordinance given to the local church to commemorate together, by sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine, the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self examination. (Acts 2:41-42; 1Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 3:12)


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