The overall reason that FaithPoint Community Church was planted comes straight out of the book of Acts. Luke shows in Acts how the church started. Luke writes on how the church spread, shared the gospel, planted other churches, and endured with boldness and confidence in Jesus in the midst of persecution.
FaithPoint Community Church believes that its mission consists of five key components:
- Making Disciples > We are commanded by Christ to make disciples. Jesus gives us the Great Commission in Matthew 28. Luke writes in Acts 1:8 that Jesus gives a more explicit command to be his witnesses wherever your foot touches the ground. The church has to be about the business of making disciples. If the church fails to make disciples, it is ineffective at what it has been called to do. Ministries and programs are great. However, if the church fails to make disciples – disciples not converts – it has failed its main mission. We are not called to make converts only. Converts can get saved and then left at the altar. Some people act like they believe that upon salvation the Holy Spirit just magically empowers you with all of the things you need to live the Christian life. That does not happen and that belief is not biblical. It takes mature believers to come alongside the new Christian and show them how to live the Christian life. Mature believers guide the new Christian showing them how the gospel is not just for salvation but is very much needed for sanctification. The gospel is needed in every area of our lives. For the church to be healthy, grow and flourish, we believe that making disciples is of utmost importance.
- Training Men > In our society today, there are a lot of boys and few men. There is a lack of men leading in our culture today. Just because you have a beard, can drink a beer, have sex, and watch football does not make you a man. Real men love their wives. Real men love their children. Real men love Jesus. Boyhood was never meant to last into the age of the twenties and thirties. It is time for the church to help boys become biblical men. Men need to be as Darrin Patrick puts it, both tough and tender. Jesus is our ultimate model for what a man is supposed to be. We desire to help push men to conform to the image of Jesus.
- Planting Churches > We desire to be a church that plants churches. Why? We believe that every successful ministry begins in the local church. We want to plant churches in cities, states, and countries where they can reach many lost people for Jesus. We want to plant churches that will come alongside their people and disciple them. We want to plant churches that will lead and teach their people how to read the Bible, what spiritual disciplines are, how to serve others, and look like the church in Acts. We take the Bible seriously and we believe that the church in Acts is the ultimate example of what Christ intended the church to be. We understand that there is no perfect church but that will not stop us from striving to accomplish everything that God has given us to accomplish.
- Developing Pastors > It is the church’s job to come alongside men that God has called into pastoral ministry. Preaching and shepherding are taken very seriously in the Bible and FaithPoint takes these things seriously as well. We believe that the preached word is the main thing. It is of utmost importance. We will not change our view on this and we do not apologize for having this high view of both Scripture and the preached word. We do not believe seminary is bad or wrong. However, we believe that if God has called a man into pastoral ministry and he goes to seminary, then the church should help him through seminary by helping him put into practice (real life situations) what he is learning. The church should also pray for him and not just men in pastoral ministry but all men in the church. While seminary is good, we also believe that it is very expensive. We see nothing wrong with a man buying books from Amazon and reading and studying them as long as they are church approved and do not contradict the Bible in any way. Isn’t that what happened before there were seminaries?
- Sending Missionaries > We believe that every regenerated person is a missionary. We do not believe that the Great Commission is for “special” called people to go over seas into other countries and share the gospel alone. We believe it is a both/and. The Great Commission is for every disciple of Christ. It is for those that are home as well as abroad. If God wakes you up in the morning, you are a missionary. If the Holy Spirit leads and guides and lives in you, you are a missionary. Disciple: You go to church to be equipped for the work of the ministry. When you walk out the door, you are a missionary. Being a missionary is one of the ordained works God has given you before the foundation of the world. He predestined you for the mission of sharing the gospel, talking about Jesus and his church. We believe that every disciple is a missionary. You are either a good one or a bad one. In other words, you are either obedient or disobedient. We want to help you become obedient, passionate, devoted disciples of Christ.
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