The purpose of First Baptist Church of Lapeer is to glorify God. We want to make Him look grand and precious and beautiful through our church–our gatherings and our lives together. To this end, we seek to display God’s character: by being holy because God is holy, by being united because God is one, and by loving because God is love.
Under that purpose, our mission as a local church is to make disciples. This is what the risen Christ commissioned us to do. Everything we are about as a church falls under this banner. Discipleship starts with following Jesus ourselves and it looks like helping other people follow Christ in conformity to the twin pattern of sound teaching and godly living. To this end, we encourage one another to intentionally build relationships with other sinners, both inside and outside of the church.
Scripture gives us four means for pursuing our mission of making disciples as a church.
We gather the first day of the week to worship God together. We believe worship is the proper response to God, which he alone makes possible and of which he is worthy. We gather to sing, pray, read, and hear preached truths from the Bible about the good news of Jesus. We joyfully see that gospel proclaimed in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Disciples teach disciples, both through instruction and through modeling. Biblical teaching is sometimes formal and sometime informal. It is sometime in larger group and sometimes in smaller groups. But it is essential that disciples teach one another comprehensive obedience to King Jesus. So we are reliant on God not only in our obedience but also as we teach others to obey all that He has commanded.
Followers of Jesus tell others how to begin following Jesus. This means telling them about what Jesus has done for them through his perfect life, substitutionary death, and triumphal resurrection from the dead. This also means calling them to respond by submitting to Jesus (repentance) and by relying on Jesus alone (faith). This good news of Jesus taking the penalty for our sins on the cross is found in the Bible. So the Bible is central to our evangelism.
Because of our fellowship with God through Jesus, we can enjoy Spirit-created fellowship with other Christians. Part of making disciples is spending time intentionally building relationships with other Christians. So we partner with each other as a church with this discipleship goal in mind.
We have a purpose: to glorify God. We have a mission: to make disciples.
And we can’t do either without first calling down divine help through prayer and through hearing from God through His Word. We need God to work if our work is to be effective. We need God if we are to stay faithful to his mission for his glory.
“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)