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Based on our study of God’s Word, we have concluded First Baptist Church LaFollette has 6 core values. These are the foundational values the entire ministry of our church is built. Therefore, these are the foundational values every ministry of our church will be evaluated on and filtered through. While our core values are fixed, our methods are flexible.

 

We Value Obedience (Matthew 28:20John 14:15, acts 2:42)

We become more like Christ by practicing the spiritual disciplines. Striving to become more like Christ affirms our commitment to make disciples of those who are followers of Christ. As we devote ourselves to Christ’s teaching we also make conscious decisions to embrace those things that will build us up in the faith while letting go of things that tear faith down. At FBCL obedience to God based on His Word is seen as the ultimate act of devotions to Him. Therefore, we believe obedience to God’s Word should be paramount in our practice in the spiritual life and how we practice church. Our obedience to God’s Word supersedes any traditional practice or method.

 

We Value Biblical Teaching (Acts 2:42-43)

The Bible is the standard and final authority that governs our doctrine, our direction and our behavior both inside and outside the church. The church should remain biblically focused while striving to be culturally relevant. The Bible is the only absolute standard for faith and practice. At FBCL we are committed to studying, applying, and practicing the Word of God in all ministries and to every aspect of our lives.

 

We Value Worship – Personal and Corporate (Acts 2:4247)

We believe when God is the object of our worship, all of our other core values are strengthened. Evangelism and ministry flow out of a life that has truly learned to worship. Christ-likeness and servant-mindedness are cultivated in the environment of genuine worship. We believe the greatest privilege and responsibility of Christians is to give glory, honor, and praise to God through worship. Worship is an overflow of the heart. At FBCL worship must always be a faithful expression of the good news of Jesus Christ as the Gospel proclaimed in word and song.

 

We Value Outreach – Service and Evangelism (Acts 2:40-4147)

Our Church is a body of baptized believers focused on reaching the lost and bringing them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. We value earning the right to be heard to share the message about Jesus Christ. We are continually encouraging church members to live and share their faith in credible, creative, and caring ways with others in the community and the world. As a result of this commitment, at FBCL, our primary goal for church growth is to reach the unchurched through serving them and telling them about our Savior. Lost people matter to God and, therefore matter to us. We are sincerely committed to spreading the message of Jesus Christ in our community and in the world.

 

We Value Relationships (Acts 2:4244-46)

We see the early believers praying together, eating together, and caring for one another. Church is not a building; it is people who know and love Jesus Christ and each other. Therefore, our commitment is to people, not to programs or facilities. Loving and caring relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. We want to be known in the community as a church that can help strengthen marriages, families, and friendships. At FBCL we want to be known for providing relationships that move people closer to a relationship with Christ or deepen their relationship with Christ. We are committed to providing opportunities for developing deep Christian relationships through multiple avenues.

 

We Value Prayer (Acts 2:421 Thes. 5:17)

Prayer is a central aspect to the spiritual life. Prayer reminds us of our desperate need for a Savior and His provisions in our life. Prayer energized our work and witness. Prayer collects our brokenness and our hurts while putting them at the feet of Jesus. Prayer allows us to speak and listen to the God who created the universe. We pray because we need God’s blessing in all we do. We pray for wisdom and strength to know God’s will and to be faithful in doing it. We pray because God asks us to pray. We pray because God provides through prayer. We pray to give thanks and to ask forgiveness. Every member of FBCL is encouraged to grow in their personal prayer lives and to join with the church body for prayer regularly.

 

FBCL Mission Statement (Matt 28:19-20)

To lovingly lead our community into an ever-growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Our Beliefs

 

Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who they are. Copies are available at Southern Baptist churches. The topics here provide only a brief, partial summary. The full text on the issue discussed is also available.

 

The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
 

God

There is one and only one living and true God. "The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
 

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. "God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
 

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. "He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
 

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. "He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. "He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
 

Man

Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. "By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. " The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
 

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
 

God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. "All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
 

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
 

Baptism & the Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. "It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members " memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
 

The Lord's Day

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. "It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
 

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. "Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly"the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. "The righteous" will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
 

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations " to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.
 

Education

The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. "The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
 

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
 

Cooperation

Christ's people should " organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. "Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.
 

The Christian & the Social Order

Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.
 

Religious Liberty

Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.
 

Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.