First Baptist Church Snellville
Friday, April 18, 2014
It Feels Like Home
What We Believe
...is the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. ( 2 Timothy 3:16 , 2 Peter 1:21 )
...there is one God, in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). (Gen. 1:1, Matt. 28:19 , John 10:30 )
...that Jesus Christ was begotten of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. (Philippians 2:6-11 , John 1:1 , 14, John 3:13 , 16, John 14:6 )
...in the Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, Who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He is the life of the believer, and He empowers the preaching, teaching and understanding of the Gospel. (John 16:7-14 , Genesis 1:2 , Acts 2:1-4 , 2 Peter 1:21 )
...that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and those who reach moral responsibility are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (I Corinthians 15:22, I Corinthians 2:14, Romans 5:12 , 14, 17, Romans 6:23 )
...that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. (I John 4:10 , I John 2:2 , Romans 6:3 , I Peter 1:18, 19, Matthew 20:28 )
...in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us. (I Peter 2:5, I Corinthians 15:4, Hebrews 1:3 , Acts 1:9 )
...that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby they become children of God and heirs of eternal life. (Ephesians 4:30 , Philippians 1:6 , Romans 8:31-39 , I Peter 1:15, I John 5:6 , John 10:28 )
Heaven & Hell
that Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. We will either live forever in Heaven with God, through forgiveness and salvation, or forever suffering in Hell, separated from God by sin. (Matthew 16:27 ; Mark 14:62 ; John 14:3 ; Acts 1:11 ; Philippians 3:20 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:15 ; 2 Timothy 4:1 ; Titus 2:13 ; 1 Corinthians 4:5 ; 15; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 ; Revelation 20:4-6 , 11-15)
Baptism & Lord's Supper
that the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, which is a public testimony of the believer’s new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. The elements of communion are symbolic of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20 ; Romans 6:3-5 ; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 )
Our Purpose at FBCS is to "Connect Others to Jesus Christ and His Story". We accomplish this in four ways:
1. Worship God
2. Love Others
3. Serve God
4. Invite Others
We may be a large church but we are a simple church. Organizations are often guilty of making things so complicated and cluttered. The Pharisees, although well meaning, developed a religious system of some 613 laws. Jesus came and made the complex simple. One of the Pharisees asked Jesus what was the greatest commandment of all; that is, out of 613 laws, which one was supreme. Jesus then gave us the greatest commandment of all by referring to Deuteronomy 6:5 ; 10:12; 30:6.
“Then one of them (Pharisee), a lawyer, asked Him a question testing Him, and saying ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all y our soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.’” (Matthew 22:35-38 )
Jesus not only answered his question identifying the greatest commandment of all, but He then offered the second greatest commandment of all.
“And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew22:39-40)
The greatest and second greatest commandments form the first two parts of our church’s fourfold purpose of Worshiping God and Loving Others. The third part of our DNA. Serve God, comes from 1 Peter 4:10 .
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as goodstewards of the manifold grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10 )
God has endowed each born again believer with spiritual gifts to be exercised for the building up of others within the Body of Christ.
The fourth part of our church’s DNA Invite Others, comes from the Great Commission that Jesus gave His disciples before He ascended back to His Father.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.’” (Matthew 28:18-20 )
We want every believer here at First Baptist to Worship God, Love Others, Serve God, and Invite Others. There are some specific ways we want to encourage you to flesh out these four things that are very practical and very tangible.
Question: Are we truly being transformed by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Are we truly being conformed into the very image of Jesus Christ? We believe worshiping God, loving others, serving God, and inviting others, will develop us into the mature believers that God would have us be!
Many churches are full of activity but devoid of much accomplishment. We want our activity to move us toward what we are trying to accomplish—these four objectives! Churches are floundering and Christians are anemic because we have been focused on activity and busyness instead of identifying a simple biblical process for growing believers.