To glorify God, make disciples, and meet human needs.
Many times we get caught up in the idea that God is here for us. We tend to be a people that only ask for things when we have needs or expect God to get us out of trouble when we've messed up our lives. But God is so much more than that! Did you know we were created for one purpose: to glorify God!
"I will give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify your name forever."
Not only are we called to glorify God with our lives, Jesus left his disciples with a very clear command - to make disciples of all people. This isn't just a command for his disciples to go find new recruits and make them believers (although that's a good thing!) This was a command to make people who were followers of Christ, regardless of how long they had been believers, fully-devoted, biblically-based disciples and students of Christ. We place a high emphasis on God's word and the need to study it and learn it so that we might fulfill the great commission in it's entirety.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Meet Human Needs:
At FPC we ask that God would give us a vision for our community and the world. We believe that as members of God's church we are called to be his hands and feet, serving others with the love of Christ. At FPC we don't try to balance "local" and "global" missions because we believe there is only ONE mission and that is to serve people where ever Christ calls us to serve. A favoite phrase at FPC is, "Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it."
"Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For ever the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."