We’ve all heard the saying, “If the family goes, so does the church!” Here at FBC Soperton, we’re all about the whole family getting involved in God’s work. We offer something for every family member. Why? Because the church is obviously made up of families. The local church is not a building but a people, and at least two biblical purposes illustrate this further:
Family-Focused Discipleship & Equipping (Purpose #5)
Jesus very simply told us to make disciples. We want to attract, reproduce, and send out maturing believers to be on mission for God (Ephesians 4:12). We do this best in and through our Sunday School hour (9:45 a.m.), a profitable time of teaching and instruction from the Scriptures. Getting involved with Sunday School but also Wednesday evening Bible Study helps us to remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. As the apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:12: “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
Family-Focused Encouragement & Fellowship (Purpose #6)
Let’s face it, life is hard. That’s why it was never meant to be lived alone. We’re called not only to believe but to belong. Our leaders and church members will encourage you to walk with God as a family. So as members of God’s family, we live life together, and this only happens as we get involved in the life of the church and the lives of its people too. Since it’s so important to be a community, opportunities for fellowship come in the form of several church ministries here.
As an effective, God-honoring church for the Kingdom, then, our vision statement is best summed up by three values – Christ-Centered, Gospel-Driven, Family-Focused – and the six purposes that reflect these values – Worship, Preaching, Prayer, Missions/Evangelism, Discipleship/Equipping, and Encouragement/Fellowship.