Faith Baptist Church was established in 1946 to reach the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. While much in life and society has changed since then, that one focus still holds true. At Faith, we exist to make disciples of all nations by exalting the Lord, equipping through His Word, and engaging the world from Durham to the ends of the earth. This is not just something we say, rather exalt, equip, engage is an expression of what we think should summarize our ministry based on the mission that God has given the church. To better understand our mission, we ask four questions that flow from the command of the Great Commission to make disciples.
1. Why make disciples? 2 Corinthians 5 tells us that Jesus died in our place so that we might be reconciled to God. In Christ, we become new creations, and therefore ambassadors or representatives of God. We cannot be ambassadors if we have not been made new, but if we are a new creation, then we must be ambassadors to the world, calling on others to be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ.
2. Who do we tell? We all know people, albeit different people, and that's a good thing. What if we saw family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other people that we see regularly as opportunities for gospel proclamation through everyday conversations.
3. What do we say? We use our story to transition to God's story, because we know that it's only His story that will change their story. We know that the only salvation for sinners is the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is, we proclaim His birth, life, death, resurrection, and that one day He's coming again. This, Paul writes in Galatians, is the only gospel.
4. When do we make disciples? Well...there's no time like the present. We share with our lives and with our words, and we share often. Gossiping the gospel becomes a lifestyle.
This brings us back to how we go about answering these four questions within the normal rhythms of ministry at Faith Baptist Church. The answer: Exalt, Equip, Engage. Every ministry at our church can be categorized under at least one of these headings. After all, why do anything that doesn't align with our stated mission, as we, as a church, fall underneath God's overarching mission? In this way, we feel that we are remaining faithful to the original intent of Faith in 1946, while staying true to God's design for the Church as has been established in Scriptures. Ultimately, to quote our church covenant, we are about, "the spread of the Gospel, both across the street, and around the world."