The first of our three core values – a passionate pursuit of God – is also the most essential. We know that when we are not passionately pursuing God, all other attempts become vanity. We can still strive after the two remaining core values but are only relying on our own strengths and abilities rather than the infinitely-greater power of God Almighty.

A common theme found throughout both the Old and New Testaments is this: God wants us to simply remember what He has done for us and turn our hearts towards Him. When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees to name the greatest commandment, Jesus replied that loving God with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our mind comes first. Only then can we fulfill part two of Jesus’ answer: to love our neighbor as ourself.

With all of that in mind, it is our desire here at FBCL to passionately pursue God, learn more about who He is and find our place in fulfilling His desires for His kingdom.

For more information about how you can pursue God more passionately, contact Rick Bene.


We often forget that God instituted the family long before He developed the local church. And we don’t believe that was by accident. Strong churches are made up of strong families. Strong families don’t just appear out of thin air. They are intentionally crafted utilizing truths from God’s word as well as the encouragement and wisdom from those who have been successful in the same venture. Therefore, our second core value is to strengthen families by offering them ways to grow their relationship with Christ as well as their relationship with those to whom they’ve been connected on this earth.

There are a variety of ways you can strengthen your family throughout the year at FBCL. From parenting and marriage seminars to Great Dates and discipleship groups to family movie nights, you’ll find ways to grow the bond between you and those you love the most.

For more information about opportunities to help strengthen your family, contact our Family Ministries Pastor, Keith Wages.


James 1:27 says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Unfortunately, our culture has transformed religion into everything but that. While we’re not perfect, our third core value challenges us to live out this passage, as well as the second of the two greatest commandments (Mark 12:31) by rescuing those in need.

Through numerous ministries that affect those in our community and those around the world, we are able to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If you’d like to know more about the ministry of rescue at FBCL, contact Russ Greer.