Philosophy of Ministry
The purpose of the First Free Will Baptist Church of Glasgow, Kentucky is to glorify God by exalting the Lord Jesus and honoring Him in everything we do. We will accomplish this by:
- edifying the family of God by preaching and teaching the inerrant truth of the entire Word of God,
- equipping the saints to accomplish the two great commands of Christ – loving God first and loving your neighbor as yourself,
- evangelizing the lost world with the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ
I. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God. It alone has the authority to govern our lives as we follow Jesus (II Timothy 3:16-17). Our methods, means, and activities must reflect the direct or indirect application of the principles of Holy Scripture. The preaching ministry of this church will place high priority on exposition of the biblical texts because the Word of God is powerful and able to change lives (Hebrews 4:12). Likewise, the teaching ministry will focus on the truth of the Word as opposed to the religious opinions and changing whims of the culture. We will attempt to be culturally relevant only as Scripture allows, never compromising the principles of the Bible.
II. We will strive to rely on God as the beginning of all ministry (I Thessalonians 1:5). Therefore, each member must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that is developing to be more like Him (II Corinthians 3:18). The emphasis will be placed upon “what we are” as followers of Jesus rather than “what we do” as a religious exercise.
III. We will seek to accomplish the Great Commission with every ministry. The functional goal and objective of our ministry is to make disciples of all people (Matthew 28:19-20). We must gear everything we do within the church to evangelize the lost and/or disciple the saved.
IV. We believe the activity priorities of the ministry of this church to be worship, education, fellowship, and service (Acts 2:41-47). Whatever activity the church endorses may be, it must reflect one or more of these priorities as defined below:
- Worship is the act of expressing our love and devotion to God. We will do this by praying, praising and giving thanks, and singing both individually and corporately. We will keep the ordinances of believer’s Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and the Washing of the Saints’ Feet.
We choose to worship in singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16) in a traditional manner, avoiding worldly styles of music. This does not mean that we will not sing new songs, for all songs were new at some point, but we will sing them in a God exalting manner as opposed to a way that appeals to the flesh (Romans 12:1-2). In addition, all media used by the church will be governed by this same principle of exalting God rather than conforming to the world.
- Education is the teaching ministry of the church. We will teach the inerrancy of Scriptures, fully believing the truth of every word in the Bible. We will teach in both large and small group settings, allowing discussion for the purpose of fully explaining the doctrines of Scripture.
- Fellowship exists for building relationships within the church body for the purpose of edifying one another. We will gather for fellowship in large and small group settings to allow us to exhort and encourage one another to become like Jesus and to watch for His return.
- Service is the activities that we do to honor God and help others. Service includes but is not limited to tithing, sacrificial giving, evangelism, disciplining, helping, counseling, as well as physical labor on the church facilities or any other outreach effort of the church.
In scheduling activities, we will reflect these priorities and center our efforts on accomplishing what is best, rather than what is good. In any activity of the church, we will strive for separation from the world and biblical modesty (I Corinthians 6:19-20, I Timothy 2:9). We define biblical modesty as all styles being loose fitting, coming to the knee, not low cut, and unable to see through the material.
V. We will focus every ministry on building people, not the program. We will demonstrate our love by caring, sharing, confrontation, exhortation, and encouragement. We will evaluate programs carefully to insure that they do not interfere with our goal of growing disciples to follow Christ more closely.
VI. We will support missions in accordance to the Word of God. We will extol the value of following God’s call to the mission field. We will support them through prayer and finances as they train, raise support, and go to their field of service. We will focus our financial priorities on our missionaries that have originated in our church, but will also support other missionaries who conform to the philosophy of ministry of our church as God leads and funds are available.
VII. We will place great importance on youth ministry. The youth ministry will be centered on the Bible. We will seek to make disciples of children and teenagers through the preaching and teaching of the Word in worship services and classes geared to their ability to understand. We will encourage every young person to seek God’s will concerning vocational ministry. The youth pastor and teachers will seek to include and enlist the parents to accomplish the goal of developing godly young people. Furthermore, we will promote fellowship activities for the enjoyment of our youth without compromising our standards of modesty and separation from the world.