Every church is called to make disciples, but churches go about this in many ways. Each church is uniquely formed by God to carry truth and light to a dark world. We see this specifically in the churches written about in the second and third chapters of Revelation. God spoke to each church in its time and within its culture. The same is true for us at FBC Loganville. We believe that God has called us to
Equip Families to Make Disciples
We believe that the best place to make disciples is in the home. If discipleship isn’t happening there, it’s likely not happening anywhere else. We realize that not everyone has a spouse or children that puts them in the conventional “family box.” For those people, maybe family is their co-workers. Maybe it’s their inner circle of friends. Whatever the case, our goal is to equip people to disciple those who are closest to them.
But you only have to spend a little time around our pastor to know that his heartbeat is for families with children. Many of our ministries and events are geared that direction as this group makes up a significant portion of our demographic. So, while we don’t apologize for it, we do realize it’s not for everyone. That’s why it is so important for you to consider our mission as a major piece of your decision to partner with us.
We like to say it this way, “There is a difference between the mission that we’re on and the services we provide.” So even though our focus is on discipleship through families, our goal is to help meet the spiritual needs of people in every stage of life.
We all place high importance on different ideas that ultimately define who we are. Our values, or the fundamental ideas that are at the core of our organization, help shape who we are and who we are becoming. These values are not the only important things, but we believe they are critical in helping us accomplish our mission.
Authentic faith is at the very center of who we are and what we are about. Without genuine faith, we can’t make true disciples of Jesus. All we can do is teach good behavior. True discipleship only comes through an active, maturing faith in Christ.
This isn’t a very popular idea in today’s self-centered culture. It’s all about getting and keeping all we can. But Jesus calls us to give up the things we love for the things we love more. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving up “our seat” for some first-time guests. Other times, sacrifice calls us to forego wants to give financially to a cause. It may even mean saying “no” to good things so we can say “yes” to the best things. Whatever it looks like, sacrificial living is a crucial piece of the puzzle for a growing follower of Jesus.
There’s a reason that service is both a part of our values and an expectation of members—because it’s vitally important to us and you. If you’ve spent any time around a volunteer-driven organization, you know that success rises and falls on how well people serve. New Testament writers, did not mince words when it came to being others-focused (Col. 3:23-24, Eph. 6:7), and with good reason. Serving others isn’t about them. It’s about Jesus. We should serve others as if we were serving our Savior.
We talk about the things we love. It’s the way we’re wired. If you don’t know what you love, ask a close friend or family member, and they’ll tell you. Because you talk about it all the time. If we’re on mission to make disciples who follow Jesus, it only makes sense that we spend time talking about Jesus with others. Sometimes it’s a very natural progression, and sometimes it has to be very intentional. Regardless of how they happen, spiritual conversations must be an integral part of our lives.
Throughout Scripture, we see the importance of inviting accountability into our lives for the purpose of becoming more like Jesus (Pro. 27:17, Heb. 10:24-25, Jam. 5:16). The truth of the matter is that ugly things grow in the dark. The more willing we are to bring our lives into the light through consistent pruning from godly relationships, the less likely we are to fall prey to the traps set by the enemy.
Everyone has priorities. It’s been said over and over that if you want to know someone’s priorities, take a look at their calendar and their checking account. We give significant time and resources to the things we think are important. The same is true at First Baptist Loganville. There are lots of important things in church, but we’ve designated four key components of church life as the most important.
At every stage throughout history, and still today, the worship of Almighty God is foundational to spiritual health. While we’ll still experience hardships and trials, our understanding of what it means to give glory and honor to our Creator significantly impacts our response to those difficult times. And even though it’s acceptable and even beneficial to worship God privately, we are also called to worship him corporately (Acts 2:42, 1 Cor. 14:26, Heb. 10:25).
We believe that doing life together with other followers of Jesus is a key proponent to spiritual maturity. God made it clear from the very beginning that it is not good for us to do life alone (Gen. 2:18), and the New Testament continues that idea as the church is established in the book of Acts (Acts 2:42, 5:42). Being in community with others who point you to Jesus helps deepen your faith and theirs.
This isn’t a very popular idea in today’s self-centered culture. It’s all about getting and keeping all we can. But Jesus modeled this virtue in everything He said and did. And while it’s easy to think that a larger church simply doesn’t need your help, nothing could be further from the truth! Without you, we can’t do what we do.
Scripture tells us that the word of God is living and active, meaning that even though it’s thousands of years old, it’s still applicable to our lives. Studying the Bible together is a key component of a healthy church. It sets the foundation for how we weather hardships, deal with difficult people, find joy in the midst of sadness, and so much more.