Have you ever wondered "why am I here?" Of course you have, if your honest. Maybe you ask yourself that daily! the reason we ask ourselves that question is because we all desire to have some purpose in life. There is nothing more empty and unfulfilled as meandering through life without purpose. The same goes for a church. As a church we also have a purpose of why we are here. We remind ourselves frequently at Flat Run of why we exist with our purpose statement which is "to make disciples that worship, grow and serve." It may appear that different church's exist for different reasons. Some may exist to continue on tradition, others to entertain, keep busy, educate, meet a need or fill some other purpose. We have aimed to find our purpose for existence from God, specifically in His Word. In Matthew 28:19 the Bible say's
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen."
Our mission to fulfill our purpose as a church begins with making disciples. Acts 14:21-22 records for us that this was where the early church began, "And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith….” A Disciple is one who has repented and put their faith in what Jesus Christ has done for us, namely His death and resurrection. Believers in Jesus are called disciples in Acts 4:32 and Acts 11:26. It is our mission to make disciples both locally and globally, by both equipping the church to share the gospel locally and partnering with church planting missionaries who are doing the same globally.
Making disciples that worship......
As we consider the marvelous gift of salvation from our Lord Jesus Christ, including the forgiveness of sins, eternal life, adoption and so much more, we are compelled to worship Him. This is a natural and immediate response after belief because of all God has done for us. In John 9:35 we are introduced to the blind beggar who did just this, after being healed of his blindness he believed and immediately began to worship the One who healed him, Jesus. We believe as disciples we should worship God privately, with our families and with the church faithfully.
Making disciples that worship, grow......
By understanding and identifying how we spiritually mature, we become more intentional in our use of time and methods. Understanding the dynamics of spiritual growth makes us more aware of how God uses the specific circumstances of our lives to draw us closer to Himself. We believe that spiritual growth takes place best within in the church when we are rooted in Christ and His Word while being held accountable to one another for encouragement and godly living. We have chosen small groups to help reach this goal of having growing disciples. Our small groups are centered around the Word of God so that we may be deeply rooted in Christ as in John 15. We grow best when we belong to a close, caring, committed family. Therefore we encourage every member and believer to be a part of a small group within the church whose goal is to deeply root us within the Word of Christ and the body of Christ. The result of this is found in Ephesians 4:16, both spiritual growth for the believer and the body of Christ, the church.
Making disciples that worship, grow and serve
We will conclude our purpose statement with our goal of every disciple not only worshiping and growing, but serving. The natural response after evangelism leads to salvation is worshiping Him out of gratitude of His wonderful grace, mercy and forgiveness. In the presence of worship and in the activity of spiritual growth your gratitude turns to service. You will want to serve our wonderful God that you are worshiping. Matthew 4:10;6:24;20:28; Joshua 24:15
We believe every believer is gifted with a spiritual gift or gift's, natural abilities, talents and experiences that they can use in the church.
Our purpose at Flat Run is to lead people to become disciples and to continue on that path towards worship, growth and service.