“…side by side for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil. 1:27)
God’s word tells us that the advancement of God’s kingdom is dependent on the unity of the universal Church, which consists of communities of faith that embody and demonstrate Christ to the world (Eph. 4:15-16; Phil. 1:27). With this in mind, at FBC we understand that we are all united by a common calling–to be his witnesses (Acts 1:8), and a common truth–the gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16).
What does it mean to be “missional?” It means that missions is not one function of our ministry. Rather, it is the thread that is woven throughout the fabric of everything that we are as a local body of believers who are called and equipped to be the hands and feet of Christ. Missions is not some thing that we do; it is who we are in light of who He is.
It is our solemn resolution, as individuals and as a congregation, to take up our cross and follow Christ (Matt. 16:24). In that spirit of obedience, we boldly identify ourselves as his witnesses–those who are not ashamed of the gospel, which is the power of God for salvation to anyone who would call upon the name of the Lord in faith and repentance (Rom. 1:16, 10:13, Mark 1:15). We will neglect neither being nor telling the good news of the gospel. Inasmuch, we are continuously “on mission” for Christ, seeking to make disciples in our homes, among those who gather in our worship services and discipleship groups, in our local community, in our state, across our nation, and to the ends of the earth (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).