Mission and Vision

The mission and the vision of Faith Family Baptist Church is:

        We exist to disciple people to love God supremely, and love others sacrificially through gospel-centered ministry.

Let me just break down each one of these because as the pastor and I feel like this is what God has called Faith Family to do. So, first, there is the component of discipleship. We get this from Matthew 28 where we find the ‘Great Commission.’ Jesus says ‘Go and make disciples.’ Now, he does not say here ‘Go and make converts.’ He says ‘Go and make disciples.’ Within the word ‘disciples’ there are many things worth noting. Held within this command, Scripture says, ‘baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit’ and so we see an evangelistic component. Baptism is a public profession of faith, a declaration of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Baptism is not for salvation. Therefore, in order for you to be a disciple, you have to be a follower of Christ, which means evangelism, has taken place. Faith Family is going to do evangelism, but there is a second part that is found in the command "teaching them to observe all that I commanded you." Here we see a teaching component that must occur. You don’t just get saved and then live life until you go to heaven rather, there is a maturing process that takes place. What does Jesus say to teach? ‘All that I have commanded you.’ Well, it’s interesting that we see in Mark chapter 12 a lawyer that asks Jesus what are the greatest commandments and Jesus answers not by really giving one of the ten commandments but he wraps up all of the commandments in the law into one statement. He says, “Love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” This is where we get the love God supremely component of our mission statement. That is the primary commandment given by Jesus. We are to love God with all of our being and that means you have to know God, you have to know His Word, you have to know who He is, and what He expects of you. Jesus goes on and says “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That means you have to set yourself aside to love others. That requires sacrifice. You have to put yourself aside so that you can minister, so that you can serve and so that you can love on your neighbor, which Jesus defines as anyone and everyone.
        We now come to the last component, which is ‘through gospel-centered ministry.’ Faith Family believes that the gospel is central to everything we do. But we do not believe that the gospel is the finish line to the Christian’s life. Rather, it is the starting line to the Christian’s life. If you look in the Bible beginning in Genesis all the way through Revelation, you see the gospel. Everything in the Old Testament is pointing to Christ. For example, look at the sacrificial system. One of the reasons there is a sacrificial system is to point to the need of a greater sacrifice. When you look at the prophets, they point to the need of a greater prophet. When you look at the kings, there’s a need for a greater king, the King of Kings. All of the Old Testament is pointing us to the person of Christ. The New Testament is pointing us from Christ and His death, burial and resurrection to how we are to live our lives in light of these acts. And so, that is what is called a Biblical theology. It is understanding where you are in biblical history. Whether you are hearing preaching from Genesis or whether you are hearing preaching from John 3:16, you are going to be pointing to the gospel and seeing how the gospel has freed us from sin and how it enables us to obey the commands that God has given us. At Faith Family we want all of our ministries to point in this direction and to truly exemplify that. Ministries are going to encourage you in the gospel. They are going to teach you and point you to the gospel as the means by which you can live out this life and live in a manner worthy of the gospel.
        Our mission and vision: Loving God supremely, loving others sacrificially through gospel-centered ministry is what sets us apart from other churches in the area.