PURPOSE: We glorify God...
God created everything that exists for His glory. Everything in all creation exists to show who God is and how great God is. The reason every one of us exists is so that whatever we do, we will do it all for God's glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). And the reason the church exists is so that God will be glorified in her (Ephesians 3:21). So both as followers of Jesus and as the church of Jesus, we have this one great purpose: We glorify God...
MISSION: By making followers of Jesus...
God is glorified through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 13:31-32). Ultimately, God will receive eternal glory when people from every tongue, tribe, nation, and language are saved through Jesus and His gospel (Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 7:9-10). So the primary way we glorify God is by making followers of Jesus. In fact, this is the very mission Jesus gave us: "Go and make disciples (followers of Jesus) of all nations" (Matthew 28:18-20). So we want to reach people who are not following Jesus and help them become followers of Jesus, and we want to encourage people who are following Jesus and help them grow as followers of Jesus. We want to glorify God by making followers of Jesus...
VISION: Who love God, love people, and go into the world
As we study the Bible, we find that Jesus gives three major commands to describe what He wants His followers to look like:
Followers of Jesus love God (Matt. 22:37-38), love people (Matt. 22:39), and go into the world (Matt. 28:18-20). So we want everything we do at FBCMJ to be focused on that. From worship to small group Bible studies to ministries and missions, we want to grow in loving God, loving people, and going into the world.
VALUES: Learner, Pray-er, Worshipper, Giver, Relater, Server, Reproducer
If following Jesus means we will grow in loving God, loving people, and going into the world, it helps to know what that will look like in our lives. As we study the Bible, we've identified seven characteristics that describe the type of people we will become if we are loving God, loving people, and going into the world:
When we love God, we will grow as a
- Learner -- Informed by God's Word
- Pray-er -- In Conversation with God
- Worshiper -- Intimately Praising God
- Giver -- Investing in God's Kingdom
When we love people, we will grow as a
- Relater -- Intentionally Connecting with People
- Server -- Involved in Ministry
When we go into the world, we will grow as a
- Reproducer -- Introducing People to Jesus