FBC Salado exists to exalt the Lord by being a caring fellowship of believers, maturing in Christian discipleship, being equipped for ministry and sharing the message of Christ with Salado and the world.
- Exalt - "One of them, an expert in the law, tested Jesus with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:35-38, NIV84)
Exalting (worshipping) God is our first and greatest priority.
- Care - "Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve." (1 Peter 5:2, NIV84)
While we focus on others outside our church, we can't forget to care for those inside the church. Various ministries exist to shepherd these people, offering fellowship and Bible study.
- Equip - "Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV84)
"Make disciples" is Jesus' command. Thus, equipping or discipling people to share the Gospel is one of the most important things we do. There are several ways that FBC Salado uses to "make disciples".
- Share - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8, NIV84)
This was a key verse for the believers in Bible times, and it remains so today. It explains the power of the church. This power comes from the Holy Spirit. Ordinary people would do extraordinary things because the Spirit of God was at work in their lives. The verse also explains the path of the church. The geographical spread of the Gospel was to begin in Jerusalem, spread throughout Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. We seek to fulfill our God-ordained purpose through spreading the Gospel through local (Jerusalem), state (Judea), national (Samaria) and international (ends of the earth) efforts.