THREE SIMPLE ACTIONS
WORSHIP, WORD, and WITNESS
Our goal at First Baptist Humble is not to get necessarily bigger but to grow. We want to grow healthy and strong in order to put Christ and Community first. According to the Bible, the church grows through three intentional emphases: Worship, Word, and Witness. Our hope is that every person involved with FBH will commit to these three pursuits.
WORSHIP - Responding to God’s grace in Christ
Praise: the outward expression of inward affection for Christ
Prayer: enjoying and extending Christ’s presence
Practice: offering our lives in daily service for Christ’s glory
WORD - Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
Discipleship: personal and group study of the Bible to mature us as followers of Christ
WITNESS - Making Disciples of Jesus Christ
Evangelism: Sharing the Gospel
Missions: Spreading the Gospel
Ministries: Showing the Gospel
Whether by individuals or groups, Christian worship is basically the outward expression of inward affection for Christ. Each follower of Jesus Christ worships Christ through joyful surrender to His Lordship daily (Luke 9:23).
Definition of Corporate Worship
The gathering of the diverse Body of Christ in unity to experience and exalt the glory of God as we encourage one another and surrender our lives to Him (Heb. 10:25; Rom. 12:1-2).
Historically, the church has been a worshiping Body (Acts 2:46-47). Jesus informed us that God is looking for worshipers (John 4:23-24). The church is commanded to teach and admonish “one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Col. 3:16-17).
Characteristics of Corporate Worship
Celebration (Psalm 95:1-2; 100:2; Rev. 5:6-14)
Unity (Psalm 133:1; Rom. 14:19; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:3)
Diversity (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
Humility (2 Chr. 7:14; Rev. 4:9-11; Matt. 2:11; Phil. 2:1-4)
Holiness (Deut. 10:12-13; Lev. 11:45; Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-16)
Maturity (1 Cor. 3:1-3; Eph. 4:11-15; Heb. 5:11-6:3)
Sacrifice (Ex. 24:1-8; Lev. 16:1-34; 2 Sam. 24:24; Psalm 96:8-9; Heb. 13:15-16)
Consistency (1 Cor. 14:26-40; 16:1-2; Rev. 1:10)
Expressions of Biblical Worship
Baptism (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12)
The Lord’s Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-34)
Offerings (Deut. 16:10; Mal. 3:10; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 11:42; 1 Cor. 16:1-2)
Praise (Psalm 42:4; Acts 2:46-47; Eph. 5:19; Heb. 13:15)
Prayer (Isaiah 56:7; Luke 19:46; Acts 1:14; Col. 4:2-3; James 5:13-18)
Proclamation (Neh. 8:1-8; Luke 4:16-21; John 8:31-32; 1 Cor. 1:18; Col. 1:25; James 1:21-25)
In corporate worship there is room for a wide array of styles and music (Psalm 150). Because it pleases God when generations and cultures worship Him together in unity (Rev. 7:9) and because worship is for the glory of God (Psalm 115:1), our main emphasis is to move beyond styles and individual preferences to focus only on our King, Jesus Christ. Our desire is that worship becomes increasingly multicultural and multigenerational.
God desires our growth and maturity as followers of Christ. His primary purpose in the lives of believers is that they become more and more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18). Toward that purpose, He left His church His Word, the Bible. We grow in Christlikeness as we gain knowledge of Christ in and through His Word, the Bible (2 Peter 2:1-2) and as we prayerfully apply that Word (James 1:22).
God’s Word is life. God’s Word changes lives (Eph. 5:26; Phil. 2:16). It is our desire that everything we do is in obedience to God’s Word, the Bible.
Key Truths About the Word
His Word is our lamp and light (Psalm 119:105).
His Word is truth (John 17:17).
His Word is inspired and inerrant (2 Tim. 3:16).
His Word brings life to the lost (Rom. 10:17) and abundant life to His followers (Psalm 119:9; John 10:10; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Applying the Word
Every follower of Christ grows closer to Christ through regular and consistent devotion to Christ through His Word (Psalm 119:11; Matt. 4:4; John 8:31-32).
Our fellowship as believers in the local body centers around God’s Word (Acts 2:42; 2 Thess. 2:15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 4:2).
The mutual support, encouragement, and accountability we provide to one another in the Body of Christ serves in great part to emphasize and expand the ministry of the Word (Isaiah 55:11; Acts 6:7; 3 John 2-8; Jude 3).
Our statement of faith is the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000. This document details what we believe concerning essentials of the Christian faith. You will find a copy in the back of this booklet as well as on our website.
The Encompassing Witness of the Church
The mission of the church is to reach out in witness to her local and global community with a view toward making followers of Jesus Christ, to the glory of God (Psalm 96:3; Psalm 145:12; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 2 Peter 3:9).
All the potential good that a church can accomplish in her community is secondary to her primary mission. The calling on the church is to reach out in witness with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Defined
The glorious good news that God has made salvation available to sinners based entirely on the redemptive activity of His Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Chr. 16:24). Every church member should use his/her gifts in order to progress the church in fulfillment of her mission.
Fulfilling the Mission
Love for one another (John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:16; 4:7). Christlike love for one another validates our witness.
Holy living (Deut. 7:6; Matt. 5:16; 2 Cor. 6:17; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Peter 2:11-12). Holy living highlights the difference that Christ makes in our lives.
Compassionate ministry (Matt. 5:44-45; 6:2; Luke 10:8-9; Acts 2:45; 4:34-35; 6:1; 2 Cor. 8:1-5; James 1:27; 2:14-17; 1 John 3:17). Ministering to those in need demonstrates the sacrificial love of Christ.
Faithful giving (Deut. 16:10; Mal. 3:10; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 11:42; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
Discipleship (Matt. 28:16-20; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 28:31; Rom. 1:5; Eph. 4:11-13; Col. 1:27-28; 1Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 3:17; Heb. 6:1). Biblical discipleship involves evangelism and instruction. The church shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with her community and disciples those who repent and believe the gospel (Mark 1:14-20).