What To Expect
Whether you are looking for a new church home, are in town visiting family or friends, or are just searching for truth wherever it may be found, we want to welcome you as our guest to Victory Baptist Church. We understand visiting a new church can be overwhelming, but we want you to feel at ease should you choose to visit. Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
When do you meet?
Our main service takes place Sunday morning at 11:00am. Our services last from 60 to 75 minutes in length. We also have Sunday School classes beginning at 9:45am every Sunday morning along with a midweek service every Wednesday evening at 7:00pm
What Should I expect?
When you enter through our main awning covered entrance on the northeast corner of the building, you will be greeted by some of our church members who would be glad to show you and your children where children’s classes and adult services are located. We are an independent Baptist Church whose services are centered around expositional Bible preaching and a more traditional worship style.
What Should I wear?
We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome at Victory, which is why we have no dress code for our members or guests. We only ask that you wear what you believe to be appropriate for a time of worship in God’s house.
What about my children?
We provide children’s classes for infants-6th grade during our Sunday school hour and main worship service time. For more details on this, please visitor our children’s ministry page.
Seeking the Lord’s will and with much prayer, a small group of people met together in Nixa, Missouri on Sunday morning, January 24th, 1993 to have services. Thirty seven people were present at Happy Days Children’s Center to hear Bro. Clell Wieneke challenge us from God’s Word that morning, and services continued there until June of that year. Bro. Jim Cooper, a Baptist Bible College student from Florida was asked to lead the group as interim pastor until the church was organized. Bro. Cooper accepted this role on March 7, 1993. An organizational meeting was held on April 4, 1993 at South Campbell Avenue Baptist Church. Bro. Jim Cooper became the official pastor and the name “Victory Baptist Church” was decided upon.
The Lord provided a location for the church in an industrial building at 1375 W. Snyder Blvd. and the first service was held there on June 6, 1993. On June 29, 1995 the church reached a high attendance of 102 in Sunday school and 134 in the church services. In July of 1998, Bro. Cooper resigned as pastor and in September of that same year Bro. Ray Brinson was called as the new pastor.
In the fall of 1999, Victory Baptist Church purchased 10 acres of land and a house and in October of 2000 the church began construction on seven acres. The construction crew was made up of many church volunteers, along with Baptist Bible Fellowship Builders and New Testament Church Planters. In May of 2001 the 13,000 square foot church and educational building was completed. On Sunday, May 20, 2001 Victory Baptist Church dedicated the new facilities to the cause of Christ for reaching souls in Nixa and around the world. In the fall of 2007 construction began on the present Family Life Center with over 15,000 sq.ft. of floor space.
In January of 2016, the church called Pastor Jonathan Krawczyk to serve as Co-Pastor alongside Pastor Ray Brinson. In 2018 Pastor Brinson retired from pastoral ministry, and Pastor Jonathan Krawczyk was installed as the Lead Pastor. Jonathan Krawczyk resigned as pastor in October 2021.
After a few months of prayer and seeking God’s direction for the church, the Lord led us to call Tim Russell as the next pastor of Victory on April 10th, 2022. Upon calling Pastor Tim, we have reaffirmed our commitment to faith in and dependance on God. We are excited to discover what God holds in store for the future of Victory Baptist Church.
The Oliveira's to Brazil
The Oliveira's joined Victory in 2009 and served faithfully. Fabio came on staff as a Missions Intern before leaving to raise funds for their ministry. The Oliveira's moved to Brazil in 2016 under Word of Life, and were approved as Baptist Bible Fellowship International Missionaries in 2019.
To connect with the Oliveira's you can email them at: email@example.com
What We Believe
(I) Of the Scriptures.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore, is and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
1. By “the Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written not only contains and conveys the Word of God, but is the very Word of God.
2. By “inspired” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been, or ever will be, inspired.
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa. 119:160; Psa. 119:105; Psa. 119:130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psa. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11; John 5:45-47; John 5:39.
(II) Of the True God.
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Psa. 147:5; Psa. 83:18; Psa. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Rom. 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2.18; II Cor. 13:14.
(III) Of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment, and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. We believe that the gift of tongues, and other sign gifts, ceased with the closing of the apostolic age and that their present day manifestation is not of the Lord and not a sign of salvation.
John 14:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; II Thess. 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8.16; II Thess. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.
(IV) Of the Devil.
We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness; destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30; 1 Thess. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11, 16, 20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41.
(V) Of Creation.
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation: that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively, that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind."
(VI) Of the Fall of Man.
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners by inheritance from Adam and by individual choice and until regenerated are dead in sin; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
(VII) Of the Virgin Birth.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever will be born of woman, and that He is fully human and fully divine being both the Son of God, and God the Son.
(VIII) Of the Atonement for Sin.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; John 10:18; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor. 15:3; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Isa. 53:12; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:2.
(IX) Of Grace in the New Creation.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sin is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith, and newness of life.
(X) Of the Freeness of Salvation.
We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isa. 55:7; John 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
(XI) Of Justification.
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
(XII) Of Repentance and Faith.
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
(XIII) Of the Local Church.
We believe a church is an independent, local, visible body of baptized believers whose mission is to preach and teach the gospel of salvation
Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4, 8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; 1 Cor. 16:2; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
(XIV) Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
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 Spirit, with the authority of the local Church, to show forth 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; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relationship and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of the Church by the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(XV) Of the Perseverance of the Saints.
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
(XVI) Of the Righteous and the Wicked.
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, sanctified by the Spirit of our God, and truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 1:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34, 41; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.
(XVII) Of Civil Government.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
(XVIII) Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events.
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures;” that He ascended “to the right hand of God;” that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;” “that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” – bodily, personally and visible; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first,” that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” “that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.”
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-7; Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12.2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John 14:3; I Thess. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:28; I Cor. 15:42-44, 51-53; I Thess. 4:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:l-4, 6.
(XIX) Of Missions.
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.
(XX) Of the Grace of Giving.
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week. All our giving is to be directed by the Scriptures for the work at home and abroad and is to be handled through the Church.
(XXI) Of Human Sexuality.
1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. Any employee of the church becoming pregnant or causing pregnancy as a result of consensual intercourse, outside of the marriage relationship, shall be terminated from employment.
2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
3. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church.
(XXII) Of Divorce and Remarriage.
Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon.
(XXIII) Of Abortion.
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being, Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions or pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable.
(XXIV) Lawsuits Between Believers.
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to-resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander.