Our Identity

We are blood bought sons and daughters of the Lord called out of a life of darkness into the kingdom of light.

Our identity isn’t wrapped up in our career, our talents, or the labels the world puts on us. Our identity is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul described the gospel in 1 Cor 15:3-4 “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” Although we come from many different walks of life, this gospel unites all members of FBC. We are a family of God on the mission of God.

Our Mission

Our mission is to call out the called, cultivate obedience, and commission the sent.

Calling out the Called

The word kaléō is used throughout the New Testament. It means “to call, summon”. We see it used in Matthew 4:21. “He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
We believe the Lord decides what fish we catch but it’s our responsibility to go fishing for people. The word for church in the new testament means “the called out ones”. Just as we were called out of darkness, we now extend God’s call to the lost. We call out the called through personal evangelism, corporate worship, missions, and special events.

Cultivating Obedience

Commissioning the Sent

Being born again is the starting point for a disciple of Jesus. If Jesus is Lord, then we must take his yoke upon us and learn from him. We believe Jesus was clear in Matthew 28:19-20. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
God never calls us to make converts, but rather, to make disciples. Obeying God is the most counter cultural thing we can do. Jesus told His disciples on more than one occasion, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 The call to follow means a call to die. When we rest crucified, God’s indwelling Spirit takes us over and He lives through us. Jesus came to give us abundant life. We may cultivate obedience through corporate worship, fellowships, and serving together. But we believe sharpening one another happens best through small groups such as Connect Groups & D Groups.

Jesus gave us our mission in Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” For over 140 years, the heart of FBC Columbia has beat for the nations. We expect every member to be engaged in carrying out the great commission. FBC is proud to raise up, mobilize, and send out disciples to make disciples. Our secret weapon is Christ in us the hope of glory. Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 We believe his power came at Pentecost and his power now indwells us as his body. Our clear aim is to send disciples to the city of Columbia, America, and the nations.

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