Vision and Mission
Columbus First Baptist Church exists to glorify God by making and training disciples who make and train disciples.
"And we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ." Colossians 1:28
Our vision is to see Columbus, Nebraska transformed by the gospel of grace in every area of life - spiritually and culturally. We believe this is God's vision. Habakkuk 2:14 predicts a day when the earth would be covered with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord like the waters cover the sea. That day began with Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of God is "at hand." We get to be a part of the dawning of that new day right where we live, and we live in Columbus and the surrounding towns.
At the heart of Jesus' command for His church is the priority of seeing unbelievers converted. Every generation of Christians is faced with a world around them who does not know, love, and worship Jesus. The church's priority is to lovingly, faithfully, and gracefully reach them (Col. 1:28-29). CFBC desires to see unbelievers in our city, region, nation and world come to Christ.
Once a person confesses Christ as their Lord and Savior, they need to be trained. Disciples are to be equipped to know and obey the Bible. We are not content with mere doctrinal agreement, instead we are laboring for understanding and application. CFBC desires to see disciples clear in the gospel, understanding and skillfully applying it to life's circumstances.
Not just are we called to be learners but we are also called to be missionaries. God is a sending God. He sent His Son to accomplish redemption for His people and then He sent His Holy Spirit to apply the work of Christ (Gal. 4:4-6). As a result, Christians are called to be missionaries, a people sent by God to reach people with the gospel (John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-21). Because we are a sent people multiplication is foremost in our thinking. Our identity is bound up in being missionaries, disciples sent into our various spheres of life and influence. CFBC desires to see disciples living as a sent people resulting in growing churches strengthened in the joy of the gospel.
Our values are what drive our vision. And if our vision is from God, it will motivate us to pursue values that uphold that vision. We need to know what we value to know where we're going. And we need God's guidance to direct that path. Psalm 25:4,10; Proverbs 3:5-6
We believe that these values sum up best what our church is all about. They are the foundation upon which our vision is implemented, as they find their source in God's unchanging Word.
The Gospel: The gospel changes absolutely everything. The gospel is the good news that the reign of God (His kingdom) is at hand by the person, work, and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the solution to all of the effects of sin in our hearts and in the world. Therefore, we are committed to bringing everything we do in line with the gospel (Gal. 2:14).
The Word of God: The gospel opens our eyes to the truth. Only through the preaching of the Word of God are blind eyes opened to the truth of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:5-6). Therefore, we will faithfully teach, preach, and apply God's word to our hearts in our circumstances. Scripture is our sole guide for all matters of faith.
God-centered Worship: The gospel makes us worshippers of the true and living God. Through the gospel, the Father seeks to make people true worshippers - people who worship God alone through Jesus Christ alone (John 4:23). Therefore, we are committed to public worship with God- and gospel-centered song lyrics and with attention to the reading of scripture, prayer, giving, and the sacraments. We will also encourage Christians to have active lives of private worship.
Commitment to the Local Church: The gospel is aimed at creating local Christian communities. The gospel leads to the planting and flourishing of local churches (1 Thess. 1:8). Therefore, we are committed to teaching Christians the centrality of the local church, understanding at the same time that Christians in our culture come to understand its centrality in a process. We will acknowledge this process by providing opportunities for believers to increase their level of commitment over time.
Spiritual Renewal: The gospel brings ongoing spiritual transformation. Too many Christians think that the gospel is for the beginning of the Christian life. We believe nothing could be further from the truth. Every Christian's fruitfulness ultimately springs from the soil of the gospel (2 Pet. 1:2-9). Therefore, we will help believers understand this reality by the way we preach, teach, and counsel.
Leadership Development: The gospel calls people into local church ministry. Through the gospel, the church has been granted gifts for its edification - pastor/elders in the church to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:7-16). And although the Bible limits the pastor/elders to men, it does not limit all roles of leadership in the church to men (e.g., Acts 18:1-26). Therefore, we are committed to leadership development for men and women that does not micromanage ministry, but encourages service, creativity, and self-starting initiative.
Personal Evangelism: The gospel makes us a church for others. All Christians and every local church have the privilege of sharing Jesus with others (Col. 4:2-6). Therefore we will teach people that the church is not for ourselves alone, that the gospel frees us to live for the good of the community: our friends, neighbors, and colleagues who do not yet believe. We will also actively cultivate relationships with non-Christians and seek to genuinely show them how Christ has made a difference in our lives.
Concern for Justice: The gospel produces social healing. The coming of the kingdom of God means that we get to taste the fruit of Jesus' reversal of all the effects of the fall (Mark 1:14-15). Therefore, we will vigorously pursue justice for everyone through a vital ministry of mercy that begins in Columbus and moves out into greater Platte county.
Global Christianity: The gospel is good news for all the peoples of the world. The gospel motivates us to plant churches around the world among every tribe, nation, kingdom, and language beginning where we are and extending outward to all the unreached peoples of the earth (Matt 28:18-20). Therefore, we aim to be involved in the spreading of the gospel by actively pursuing and supporting global missions.
Team Mindset: The gospel produces cooperation among churches. God desires to use all of the gospel-preaching churches in a region according to their giftedness for the common good (e.g., 1 Cor. 16:1). Therefore, we will not be territorial with respect to other churches, but seek to form partnerships with those that are fulfilling their role to reach the community with the gospel of grace.