Houston's First Baptist Church is a relevant biblical community where people gather their hearts, grow their souls, and give their lives as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission.
Nice words, right? But what do they mean? Glad you asked. Our signature statement includes our vision and mission as a church, the strategy by which we pursue them:
"... a relevant biblical community ..."
Relevant — Being relevant is having the passion, desire and ability to build the necessary bridges to move people from culture to Christ.
Biblical — Being biblical is fully embracing the beliefs and values revealed in the Bible as true, eternal and life-changing.
Community — Being a community is providing a place to be authentic, involved, impacted and impactful.
"... to fulfill the Great Commission."
The Great Commission given by Jesus to His disciples is found in Matthew 18:19-20. He gave them these words after His resurrection and before He ascended into heaven: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
A church our size has a lot to offer. In fact, there's so much going on, we realize it can be difficult finding the right place for you or your family. (It's even hard for us sometimes!) That's why we've based our ministry around a three-part strategy:
Worship services and special events are the primary ways the church family gathers our hearts together. Coming together like this reveals the beauty and diversity of God's children. No two people are exactly the same! And when we gather our hearts to praise Him or simply have a good time, there is room for everybody!
Life Bible Studies and Milestones are our main vehicles for growing our souls closer to God. They provide a place for us to explore the beauty and mystery of God's Word. But that's not all! These smaller settings open the door for discussion with others as we seek to apply what we read in the Bible to our daily lives. And since that's not always easy, you'll appreciate having friends to walk through that process with you!
A soul growing closer to God simply cannot contain itself. Eventually, it will need to find a release. It will need something to do with the abundant love, grace, life, peace, joy, hope, mercy, forgiveness, redemption, well ... you get the idea ... that it's received from the Creator of the Universe. Missions and volunteering are just two such outlets.