What We Envision
Over the last year, we have taken the time to reflect and celebrate the amazing things God has done in and thru us in the past. But as we called upon God to reveal to us His plan and His purpose going forward, He began to stir our hearts. We believe the church has a broad purpose, which is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world. But what is our specific purpose in this community? What are we doing to make a difference here? What would be missing in this community if FBC Cleveland ceased to exist? God revealed to us that we were going to have to change some of our methods without changing the message. We realized we had been focused on programs, but not on purpose.
We recognize that God isn’t really concerned with our programs of our church. God didn’t send a program to save humanity…He sent a person. Jesus didn’t die for programs…He died for people like you and me. It wasn’t a program that turned the world upside down during the days of the early church…it was ordinary men and women who had been transformed by an extraordinary Savior. We want to reach and serve this community like never before. We want God to transform ordinary people into true followers of Jesus, through the ministries of our church. We want to build great people so full of the love of Christ, just knowing them leads to knowing Him in a saving way.
To ensure that we continue the work in the direction that God is already moving, we have established certain goals we look to accomplish by the year 2020.
Serving in the community
By the year 2020, we will be well known in our community as a church that sends and serves. We will be the hands and feet of Christ in our community and every member will be challenged to serve somewhere outside the walls once a week.
By 2020, we will become a church where new people continually come to salvation through Jesus Christ.
Making disciples through small groups
We understand the importance of community in the church and in the Christian life. By 2020, we will have 250 people plugged into a small community group or Bible study on a weekly basis, with options throughout the week and at various meeting locations.
Intentionally developing leaders
We will become a church that continually builds new leaders for serving God both inside and outside the church.
By 2020, we will have completed a complete renovation of our Worship Center and will be continuing further campus improvements in accordance with the master plan that enables our church to further our mission in this community.
Growing a diverse membership
By 2020, we will reach 300 in average worship attendance, with a representation that more accurately reflects our community. The goals of growing and increasingly diverse attendance aren’t actually the point, but both would be compelling signs that we are beginning to reach people for Christ in a consistent and effective way. If we are truly reaching our community, the demographic makeup of our congregation will also change…and we believe that would be something to celebrate.
What do we believe?
About the Scriptures
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making Him known to the lost world.
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