Our Vision

Our Vision

Our goal as a church we simply call STEP:

  1. Seeking to win the lost
  2. Teaching to change lives
  3. Equipping the saints for service
  4. Pressing for the prize

But there is more than this simple statement.

There are several questions echoing from church offices and pastor’s studies these days:

  • “How can we fit in?” So many churches today are looking to the world and asking themselves this very thing. It is increasing at an alarming rate. We are seeing the world set the standard for the Body of Christ.
  • “How can we hang on?” Some are driven to nail down the traditions of the church. There is panic because values of the past are being challenged, even jettisoned. We think of the RCC when we hear traditions, but evangelical and fundamental churches can and often are almost as bad.
  • “How can we help out?” Others begin to see the church as a massive social program. Yes, help the poor, but it begins and ends with something much different than a hand-out.

The question that ought be coming from pastor and people alike is: “How can we live Christ?”

There is a word we are timid of: “Distinguish” The definition: To perceive as being different or distinct. We here at FBT ask ourselves: “What ought to make FBT distinguished or unique, if anything?”

Paul was instructing Timothy, his son in the faith, concerning the local church when he made this statement:

1Timothy 3:15: “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

That is quite a distinguishing mark on a group of people!

When my parents lived in Greenville, SC, they went to Boulevard Baptist Church. It was a metal gymnatorium, not the nicest but well-maintained. Across the street was a beautiful church, a Southern Baptist church. To me brick makes a beautiful church and this one certainly was beautiful. A friend of ours moved to the area and was looking for a church to attend. They pulled into the parking lot of the SBC and asked a woman: “We’re looking for a Bible-preaching, soulwinning, uncompromising church.” The lady said: “Oh, you want that church,” and pointed to Boulevard Baptist.

  • When people ask about who loves souls, I want FBT to be “that church.”
  • When folks ask where believers love the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, I want FBT to be “that church.”
  • When it is time to stand for the righteousness of God, I want FBT to be “that church.”

I’ve heard all the statistics & read the material. There are reasons that people at large come to a church: the location, the buildings, the music, etc. I want this: when people get through the front doors of FBT they are met by who have partaken of that which costs nothing in dollars but everything in priorities: they meet folks given to Christ and His love and calling.

I have come to a conclusion. I am fed up with church programs. I mean it. Structure is good, but that’s not what I’m talking about. God is not interested in man’s programs. He wants believers to have His passion.

  • We do not want a missions program, but a passion for missions.
  • We do not want simply a visitation program, but a passion for souls.
  • We do not desire just a youth program, but a passion to raise up a godly generation.

The challenge is that passion comes with too high a price for too many Christians.

  • Programs are sold at the Bible bookstore.
  • Passion comes in the prayer closet.
  • Programs are taught by seminar leaders in conference rooms.
  • Passion is caught at the feet of Jesus before the Throne of Grace.
  • Programs are designed to work with the current cultural trends.
  • Passion sees the infinite design of an unchanging God.
  • Programs are born of the vision of man.
  • Passion comes when believers dare see themselves and their surroundings from the view of heaven.

Under the Scribes and Pharisees in Israel religion had become a program of controlling the masses. Under Christ a passion was found to set men free from sin, from sorrow, from spiritual death. It was a passion by the master (God) that made him say in Luke 14:23 “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

I want so much for the verses to be found true that are above the doors into this auditorium: “We have found Him…Come and see.”

I submit the following must be that which we are known for:

Our Identity in Christ, and How We Rest in It

You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness. When the believer says, ‘I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus;’ then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought—’Shall I not live to Christ? Shall I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?’ ‘The love of Christ constraineth us,’ ‘that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto him which died for them.’ If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness. (C.H. Spurgeon)

Our Stand in Christ, and Why We Take It

is a stand of distinction, not for our honor, but for His. Not for our glory, but for His. When you did not laugh at that dirty joke this last week, or gossip with that friend who wanted you to, or cheat on the job, you took a stand for Christ, and you made heaven glad and hell mad.

Our Service for Christ, and How We Fulfill It

David said in Psalm 116:12: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” His reply:

“(13) I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. (14) I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people. […] (16) O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. (17) I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. (18) I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people, (19) In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.”

We have a mission statement I pray will become more and more known to us all: S.T.E.P. That is our foundation, reflecting the call of the Lord to the local church. Now, what do we build upon that?

1 Corinthians 3:11-15: (11) “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [His wording indicates a firm stand that there is no other gospel] (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [are you building a mansion or a mud hut in heaven?] (13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest [made known]: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire [this causes the manifestation]; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. [Remember: I would rather live through the tribulation as a Christian, than face Christ at the Bema Seat with nothing]”

STEP 1: Securing the Foundation

  • Seeking to win the lost
  • Teaching to change lives
  • Equipping the saints for service
  • Pressing for the prize

This is the Biblical we rest upon (Matthew 28:18-20) There is no greater goal to live by than this. May we make it our passion!

STEP 2: Selecting the Source

  • Seeking nothing of man’s wisdom
  • Taking nothing of man’s will
  • Ever guided by God’s Spirit
  • Praying always for His fill

I know some are tempted to say, “Yea, preacher, we know about the Spirit.” Do we? Listen: we read the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). When we know we are falling short, what do we do? We try harder! Boom!! In the flesh, not the Spirit!! We do not select the source very well.

STEP 3: Securing the Structure

  • Stabilized by truth & wisdom
  • Testing all things by His Word
  • Every member grasping firmly
  • Plans and passions of the Lord

That is why when the Lord looked at the people He said in Luke 10:2 “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.” That was and is the Lord’s passion. Still is today.

STEP 4: Surviving the Fire

  • See God’s trying fire before us
  • Testing all our work below
  • Each believer stands before Him
  • Prize or poverty to know

Think of it!

1 Corinthians 3:11-15: (11) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (14) If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

CONCLUSION

  • So let us build on His foundation
  • Take heed His calling and be wise
  • Each thought now must be of winning
  • Press on, brethren, for the prize