We are calling on God to renovate the heart of First Baptist Church, so that we become a church in which ordinary people are transformed into world-changing disciplemakers.
That is our vision. But how does an ordinary person become a disciplemaker? And what part can our church play in that process? We believe there are three steps in the journey from where we are to where God wants us to be. Connecting, Growing, and Reaching. So when we talk about Growing, this is what we mean:
Growing into the character of Jesus.
It starts with connecting, but the journey continues as Godâ€™s Spirit changes us internally, producing qualities like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), humility (Mark 9:35), generosity (Matthew 6:21), and wisdom (Proverbs 3:13-14). Only God can produce these characteristics in us, but He requires us to work alongside Him in the process of growth (Philippians 2:12-13).
The churchâ€™s part in this process of inward growth consists of two things. First, we offer regular instruction in spiritual disciplines, so that our members become self-feeders who bear fruit for God (Psalm 1:1-3, John 15:5). Second, we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:11-16), which includes making real Christian fellowship the goal of all our LifeGroups, and facilitating and encouraging mentoring relationships in our church and community.