Flagstaff Christian Fellowship Purpose and Vision

Our Vision:

At Flagstaff Christian Fellowship we aim to build a community of joyful believers in Jesus Christ who love God and His Word, love one another, and love those without Christ by bringing them the good news of salvation.

Our Mission:

TO EXALT GOD BY HELPING EACH PERSON FERVENTLY LOVE GOD AND OTHERS; AND TO HELP
MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL PEOPLE GROUPS.

This mission encompasses the two Great Commandments (Mark 12:28-31) and the Great Commission (Matt.
28:18-20). To help the local church attain this mission, God entrusts the leadership and oversight of the
church to a plurality of godly men who are subject to Christ (the Head) and to the Scriptures (Acts 20:17, 28;
1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).

We believe that God has established certain timeless and trans-cultural roles for men and women, both in the
church and in the home. Leadership in both spheres is entrusted to men (1 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Eph. 5:22-
24). We have a separate paper that goes into more detail on this topic.

Our Methods (and core values that help us attain our mission):

OUR FIRST PURPOSE: TO HELP PEOPLE OBEY THE FIRST GREAT COMMANDMENT: TO EXALT GOD BY
HELPING EACH PERSON GROW TO LOVE GOD FERVENTLY.

  • To love God, a person must enter a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance
    from sin. Thus understanding and believing the gospel is foundational (John 3:1-21).
  • God’s Word of truth is our only standard and unchanging authority for faith, life, and godliness. In light
    of this, we seek to teach the Bible accurately with the aim of exalting God, humbling sinners, and equipping
    the saints for obedience and service (1 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Eph. 4:11-16). We can only love
    God to the degree that we know Him as He has revealed Himself in His Word, and to the extent that we
    have humbled our hearts before Him in repentance and submission.
  • God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23-24). Corporate worship should be joyful,
    reverent, and heartfelt, in line with biblical truth (the Psalms, Eph. 5:19-20). To this end, we seek to
    utilize both the doctrinally sound hymns of the faith from past generations and the contemporary songs,
    hymns, and spiritual songs that promote devotion, reverence, and love for God in line with His revealed
    truth. We have a separate paper outlining our philosophy of worship.
  • Remembering the Lord’s death through the Lord’s Table is an important part of worship. We seek to
    celebrate the Lord’s Supper often (1 Cor. 11:23-34).
  • Stewardship of the material resources God entrusts to us is an important measure of our love for God
    and faithfulness to Him (Matt. 6:21; Luke 16:10-13, where “the little thing” = money). We do not pressure
    anyone to give. None of the pastoral staff have access to the giving records. We believe that God
    owns 100 percent of all that we have, and that we must prayerfully, conscientiously invest it in His king2
    dom. Thus we urge each person to give to God’s work in this church and to world missions generously
    and cheerfully, as He has prospered them (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8 & 9; 1 Tim. 6:17-19).

OUR SECOND PURPOSE: TO HELP PEOPLE OBEY THE SECOND GREAT COMMANDMENT: TO EXALTGOD BY
HELPING EACH PERSON GROW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY.

  • In order for genuine love and caring to take place, we must get to know one another in more than a superficial
    way. This means spending time together not only on Sunday mornings, but in smaller groups or
    one-on-one throughout the week. The early church gathered in a large meeting for worship and instruction,
    but also from house to house (Acts 2:42, 46). Thus we urge and encourage each member to get involved
    with other members on a personal level for mutual growth and care. Several different structured
    opportunities for this are available.
  • Love for one another in the local church requires both practical good deeds (Eph. 2:10; Titus 2:14; 1
    John 3:16-17) and working through relational conflicts (Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15-20). This must be done with
    a commitment both to biblical unity and to important biblical truth (Eph. 4:3, 13, 15, 25). We must bear
    with one another on minor personality, doctrinal, and/or methodological differences (Rom. 12:10; Gal.
    6:2; Phil. 2:1-4; 4:2, 5). On major doctrinal or methodological issues, we must seek to come to consensus
    through open, biblically based discussion (Acts 15:1-29). If separation over doctrine or methodology occurs,
    all parties concerned should seek to speak and act in love towards one another (Acts 15:36-41; 1
    Cor. 9:6; 2 Tim. 4:11).
  • It is an act of love to confront a brother or sister who is in doctrinal or moral error, and as a last resort,
    to remove an unrepentant person from the church (Gal. 2:11-14; 6:1; 1 Cor. 5:1-13).
  • It is to God’s glory to reflect in our local fellowship the reconciling power of His love through racial and
    cultural diversity (Acts 13:1; 16:14-34; Col. 3:11). The church is the family of God, (1 Tim. 3:15). Families
    are made up of a variety of ages and personalities. Therefore, rather than targeting one segment of society
    (Boomers, Busters, etc.), we deliberately aim to include young and old, rich and poor, and the ethnic diversity
    of our community (Col. 3:11).

OUR THIRD PURPOSE: TO HELP PEOPLE FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION: TO MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL
PEOPLE GROUPS.

  • Fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) is the ultimate reason the Lord has left His church on
    this earth. After all, we can worship Him without distraction and love one another without conflict once
    we get to heaven! Thus we must keep outreach, both locally and globally, at the heart of all we do.
  • We seek to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ locally, both from the pulpit and through a Spirit-filled,
    equipped membership (Mark 16:15; 1 Cor. 9:16, 23; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 3:15).
  • We seek to be a lighthouse to the nearby university community, including the international students (Our
    “Jerusalem,” Acts 1:8).
  • We seek to raise up workers who are called by God to be sent out cross-culturally into His harvest, so
    that every people group may hear the good news, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners
    (Matt. 9:38; Acts 13:2-4; 1 Tim. 1:15).
  • We seek to support those who go cross-culturally with the gospel through frequent prayer, faithful communication,
    and generous giving (Col. 4:3; 3 John 7-8).