Who Are We?
THE PERFECTING CHURCH WHERE OVERCOMERS ARE MADE
The Philadelphia Fellowship (Baptist) is an “open door” ministry – Rev. 3:7-13.
As Jesus is “The Door” (John 10:7-9), our purpose is to provide access to Him.
Our calling is to embrace the pillaged and give access to potential sheep that they may find their pasture in Him. Their pasture is found through the “Open Door”. Though with “little strength”, the pillaged will find a ministry of brotherly love and sisterly affection awaiting them. We are Word Centered and Keepers of His Name. With such a personality, our mission is to be The Perfecting Church Where Overcomers Are Made, v. 12. There is a passion for true Kingdom Ministry in these two mentioned texts. We will seek to emphasize this Kingdom's clarity as to the foundation of our ministry passion.
The Philadelphia Fellowship (Baptist) takes seriously the biblical mandates as are found in Matthew 28:19,20 and Acts 1:8. In that one of the primary historical distinctiveness of the Church in Philadelphia was that of being a missionary, we must place Kingdom emphasis in this area. Towards that end, The Philadelphia Fellowship (Baptist) must be concerned not only with the immediate city of our origin but also with the region of our presence and the broader borders of our embrace and affiliation. While the city of origin is Norfolk, as God will direct in the future, we will establish a ministry presence in Norfolk.
As of this writing, our efforts are geared toward establishing the ministry in Chesapeake. We have a desire to see Portsmouth touched by the ministerial influence of The Philadelphia Fellowship (Baptist) along with Virginia Beach and Suffolk. It is our missionary goal to plant churches in each one of these cities along with a ministry that reflects caring for persons from infancy to their senior years.
REVELATION 3:7-13-OUR BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens:
8 “I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
9 I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but are lying—I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
11 I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
12 If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
13 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
Philadelphia is listed as the sixth church of the seven. A letter specifically addressed to the Philadelphian church is recorded in Revelation 3:7–13