Falls Berean Bible Church exists to glorify God by making and maturing disciples who are becoming like Jesus Christ.
Every ministry we carry out is designed to meet that objective, and every member is essential to its fulfillment. The following are specific areas of commitment necessary to accomplish our objectives and purposes as a church:
We are purposeful about having a Word-Centered ministry
(Psalm 19:7-14; Matt 28:20; 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 3:14-4:5)
We strongly believe in the centrality of God’s Word in every aspect of the ministry of Falls Berean Bible Church. All of our decisions, activities, and programs should flow out of an understanding and application of God’s Word. We affirm that the Scriptures teach that genuine numerical and spiritual growth comes through the preaching and teaching of the Scriptures, rather than mere gimmicks or entertainment. We understand that the Scriptures, not the world’s wisdom, are sufficient to deal with every inner-problem of mankind. We believe that as we study, preach, teach, and practically apply God’s Words to our lives, we will grow in Christlikeness. Therefore, we are also committed to preaching the entirety of God’s Word, paragraph by paragraph.
We are purposeful about having a God-Focused ministry
(Acts 9:14-16; Romans 1:5, Romans 11:36; 1 Cor 10:31; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14; 3 John 5-8; Rev 4:11)
We believe that the glory and honor of God is the ultimate purpose for the church, and thus the end and goal to all that we do. Therefore, in all our decisions as a church body, we believe that God is the most important person to please. We are not driven to change God’s Word, soften His message, or alter His divine methods simply to “get results.” That is, we are committed to allowing what pleases our holy God to drive what we do in our church services, how we live, our long term goals as a church, how we worship, our evangelistic efforts, and whatever we do.We believe in regular times to worship God. We believe that we worship God through inwardly welcoming His Word as it is preached; through enthusiastically singing songs that reflect the love and holiness of God; through making prayer a regular part of our lives and services; through honoring the Lord by regular, cheerful, and sacrificial giving; through living personal lives that reflect the Lordship of Christ; through the observance of baptism and the Lord’s table; and through worshiping the Lord in a spiritual manner that focuses on the holiness of God.
We are purposeful about having a Disciple-Making ministry
We believe that God is glorified as we as members are accomplishing the purposes that He has given us to do. The two great purposes that God has given to the church are making and maturing disciples.
- Our objective is to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 20:20-27; 2 Cor 5:20; 1 Peter 3:15)
We are committed to biblically-based evangelism through proclaiming the message of salvation through repentance from sins and faith in Christ; by making the Gospel message a regular part of our services; by welcoming the unsaved and kindly communicating to them their need of salvation; by giving out the Gospel through personal and church-wide outreach ministries; by communicating the Gospel to the children of our church; by being diligent in planting like-minded churches in our surrounding area; and by supporting worldwide church planting ministries through regular financial support of missionaries.
- Our objective is to mature disciples (2 Tim 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:13)
We are committed to the process of Christian growth into Christlikeness through preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God; through building up one another with our words; through encouraging the use and development of each individual’s spiritual gifts; through helping families function in a biblical way; through teaching the Bible in an understandable way to each age group; through emphasizing personal Bible study and prayer; through providing opportunities to study the Bible seriously; through teaching biblical discernment; through defending the doctrines set forth in the Scriptures; through exposing men and movements that have turned away from sound doctrine; through fellowshipping with one another both at planned church events and throughout the week; through admonishing one another individually and if necessary, as a whole body in church discipline; and through striving to live holy lives, set apart from worldly attitudes and actions.
We are purposeful about having a Christ-Imitating ministry
(Romans 8:29; 2 Cor 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Colossians 1:28)
We believe that the end result of discipleship should be growth in Christlikeness. We believe that Christlikeness is God’s goal for every believer, and we try to assist in this maturing process.We believe that genuine growth in Christlikeness affects how we live our everyday lives. Christlikeness should result in our striving to maintain the unity produced by the Holy Spirit with one another; in our commitment to learning, applying, obeying, and communicating the Word of God, thus having the mind of Christ; in our refraining from questionable practices of our culture; in avoiding activities that would lead another believer in temptation to sin; in our attitude of humility and deference to one another; in our willingness to gently confront sin in others when necessary; and in our desire to be forgiving, kind, and patient with one another.