We exist to make disciples here, and everywhere, for the glory of God!
In Matthew 28, just before Jesus left this earth and ascended to the Father, He stood on a mountain and sent His disciples out with a clear mission. He told them, “Go and make disciples of all nations…” We believe this is the mission not just of those first 12 disciples, but of all followers of Jesus. Every disciple is called to be a disciple-maker.
Definition of Disciple
If our mission as a church is to make disciples, we want to have a clear, biblical concept of what a disciple really is. What does it mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? A key verse that has helped our church formulate our definition of a disciple is Matthew 4:19, where Jesus invited his first disciples to follow Him. He said to them, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” to
Based on that verse, here’s the way we define what it means to be a disciple:
“A disciple is one who knows and follows Jesus, is becoming more like Jesus, and leads the lost and saved closer to Jesus.”
There are three parts of that definition, and each part is so important:
1) A disciple “knows and follows Jesus”—it all starts with an intimate relationship with Jesus. A real disciple genuinely wants to follow Jesus on the road of life.
2) A disciple “is becoming more like Jesus”—that initial decision to trust in Christ is only the beginning! A genuine disciple will be growing in his or her walk with Jesus every day.
3) A disciple “leads the lost and saved closer to Jesus”—we can’t really be following Jesus if we’re not fishing for men, because that’s what Jesus is doing in the world! A genuine disciple desires to share with the lost and invest in the saved so that everyone they encounter will be drawn closer to Jesus.
3 Core Values
In addition to our vision statement, we are driven by 3 core values: Gospel, church, and mission.
Gospel—by God’s grace we want to live Gospel-centered lives where the good news of Jesus shapes everything we do (Galatians 2:20)
Church—we want to live in authentic, biblical community with one another that breaks down all barriers, and looks different than anything you can find in the world (Acts 2:41-47)
Mission—we want to join God in the exciting Kingdom-building work that He is doing here and around the world (Acts 1:8)
“The FBCMel 7”
There are seven additional biblical characteristics that prayerfully we desire our church to be increasingly marked by in the years to come. We call these the “FBC Mel 7”:
1. INTIMACY: Intimacy with God through a culture of worship, prayer, and fasting
2. AUTHORITY: A hunger for knowing the Word of God and submitting ourselves to its authority
3. COMMUNITY: Biblical community in which we love one another and share our lives with one another in an extraordinary way
4. REPRODUCTION (CHURCH PLANTING): Continual reproduction of ourselves in new biblical communities here and everywhere
5. DISCIPLE-MAKING: A culture of disciple-making where we follow Jesus by leading the lost and saved closer to Him.
6. CITY: Sacrificial working for the good of our city that they may know Christ’s love
7. NATIONS: A prayerful passion for the nations evidenced by sacrificial giving and going