We are going to be continuing to read through the New Testament this month, but I want to take this month’s article to re-emphasize our vision statement moving forward. We spent the month of August preaching through these four sermons on our vision and core values. But summers are crazy, and I know not all of you were able to join us for the entire month. I want us all to be on the same page and moving forward as one church, and so here is a brief summary of our vision statement and three core values:
Living in light of the gospel
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ has come down to Earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross to pay the penalty for sinners like us, and rose again three days later to conquer sin, death, and the grave. Therefore, by placing our trust in Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for us, we can have all of our sins forgiven, enter into a loving relationship with God, and receive the promise that we will live eternally with Him in heaven.
Yet, the gospel not only impacts our eternal destiny, but also how we are to live here on Earth. Because of the great love that Jesus has shown us on the cross, we are to joyfully and passionately follow him in all that we say and do. In short, we desire for First Baptist to be a church that is living in light of the gospel. We believe that churches that are living in light of the gospel will do three things: send disciples, grow in Christ, and worship God.
We believe that every follower of Christ is called to go make disciples of others. Therefore, here at First Baptist we are seeking to equip every believer to go share the good news of all that Jesus has done for us. We want to be sending out our members to go reach their co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family. In addition, we aspire to send out teams of disciples to plant churches in order to reach the surrounding communities with the gospel.
Growing in Christ
We desire to be a church that is constantly becoming more like Jesus. This means we are first seeking to grow in our love for God, for who He is and what He has done for us through Jesus, as we spend time reading His Word, praying, and singing to Him. Secondly, we are aiming to grow in our love for each other by encouraging, serving, and praying for one another in the context of authentic community.
Many people associate worship with singing or a Sunday gathering. But here at First Baptist our desire is to be a church that worships God with all of our lives. We want to honor Him in our jobs, our families, how we love our neighbors, our finances, our conversations, and whenever we gather as a church.
My prayer is that God would so move in us all that we would become a church that is living in light of the gospel. In order to take steps towards that, we are taking this entire Fall, both Sunday and Wednesdays, to study the book and begin to take steps towards this vision. Therefore, I ask that you prayerfully consider joining a small group either on Wednesday nights (6:30-8) or Sunday nights (6-7:30), worshiping God and growing in Christ so you can be sent out to reach Muscatine. In Christ,