God Can Do All Things!
One Heart, One Soul - United In Christ Jesus!
Annual Church Theme: "Grow Deeper, Serve the Lord with Gladness!"
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing". (Psalm 100:1-2)
"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Five Purposes of Abiding Faith Baptist Church
Purpose 1: WORSHIP - Magnify His Name The Church exists to worship God. How do we love God with all our heart? By worshipping Him! It does not matter if we’re by ourselves or with 1000 people. When we express our love to God, we’re worshipping. The Bible says, “Worship The Lord your God, and serve Him only” (Matthew 4:10). Worshipping God is the church’s first purpose. Throughout scripture, we’re commanded to celebrate God’s presence by magnifying the Lord and exalting His name. Psalm 34:3 (NASB): “Oh magnify The Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” We shouldn’t worship out of duty; we should worship because He is worthy of worship. We should enjoy expressing our love to God.
Purpose 2: REACH - Sharing the Gospel Message of Love The church exists to communicate God's Word. We are ambassadors for Christ, and our mission is to reach out and evangelize the world. It is every Christian's responsibility to share the Good News wherever we go. We are to tell the whole world of Christ's coming, His death on the cross, His resurrection, and His promise to return. The task of evangelism is so important, that we find it recorded in each of the gospels, and once in the book of Acts. In Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:4749, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8, Jesus commissions us to go and give the world the message of salvation. Evangelism is more than just our responsibility. It is our great privilege.
Purpose 3: TEACH - Equipping God's People for Ministry The church exists to edify, or educate, God's people. This process begins when a person is born again and continues throughout his life. Colossians 1:28 (NCV) says, "We continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence”. As the church, we are called; not only to reach people, but to also teach them. After someone has made a decision for Christ, he or she must learn of God, of His love for the whole world and His plan for saving mankind to bring us into His prepared kingdom. They must learn how God expects us to use the gifts and talents and opportunities to further His kingdom.
Purpose 4: GROW - Developing Christians to Model His Character It is the church’s responsibility to develop Christians to spiritual maturity. This is God's will for every believer. Paul writes: " ... so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4: 12b-13). Jesus has established a pattern for us to follow. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (I Peter 2:21). In I Timothy 4:12, Paul gives us several specific areas in which we are to model the character of Christ: "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Notice that maturity is not measured by one's learning but by one's lifestyle.
Purpose 5: SERVE - Ministering to the Needs of the Community The church exists to minister. Ministry is demonstrating God's love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the Name of Jesus. The church is to minister to all kinds of needs: spiritual, relational, and physical. Jesus said that even a cup of cold water given in His Name was considered as ministry and would not go un-rewarded. The church is to “... equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4: 12 NRSV). I Peter 4: 10 says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."