VISION STATEMENT FOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, GRANBURY, TX

The vision for First Baptist Church, Granbury, Texas is founded upon two scripture passages, Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 3:20.  In the NIV the Jeremiah passage reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  The Message paraphrases Ephesians 3:20 in a very personal manner, “God can do anything, you know far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

Without hesitation we believe that God already knows the future for First Baptist. His plans are very positive for our church.  When God speaks of plans for prosperity He is positively telling of completeness, soundness, health, peace, and of a good relationship with those on earth and with Him.

We also without hesitation believe that God will provide the power to achieve more for His glory than our human minds can comprehend. He will provide for First Baptist Church to be effective in sharing Christ and assisting both new and old believers to grow in their relationship with Him.  We rely on the Holy Spirit to accomplish all tasks that God assigns to us.  With deep commitment and enthusiasm concerning God’s will for our church, we anticipate completing God-sized tasks at First Baptist Church.

OUR VISION IS TO REACH OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY FOR CHRIST. As a church, we will embrace the responsibility to share Christ in tangible ways.  We will work diligently to see that every person in our community of every age, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status has an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel message.  We will train and send out personal soul-winners in this community.  We will use every opportunity God gives us to share Christ.

OUR VISION IS TO VIEW THE WORLD AS OUR MISSION FIELD.
Christ commands us to preach the gospel both at home and abroad.  We encourage our members to be involved in some form of mission activity.  We will provide the avenues for everyone to pray, go, or give.  We will support opportunities for our church to be personally involved in mission trips both at home and abroad.

OUR VISION IS THAT OUR CHURCH WORKS TOGETHER IN COMPLETE UNITY. Differences of opinion will not affect the church’s moving forward to accomplish God’s plan.  We will humble ourselves before God to seek His will.  We will give to those in need, help the weak, encourage the disheartened, restore the fallen, and pray for the spiritual growth of all.  We will embrace new members into our family and guide them to become an effective part of the whole.  We will be the church that Christ gave His life to birth.

OUR VISION IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY AGE GROUP OF PEOPLE TO FIND A PLACE OF ACCEPTANCE AND MINISTRY.
 We will begin new methods of ministry in order to reach every aspect of our population.  We realize that doing the same things will only lead to the same results. We value every aspect of our community, from the oldest to the youngest, and recognize the unique needs of each.  We will provide effective methods of reaching all.

OUR VISION IS THAT THE BIBLE WILL BE OUR GUIDE.  We will use God’s Word as a guide for true discipleship in the lives of all members, allowing God’s Word to be relevant to every situation of life.  We will train leaders to correctly present the entire truth of God’s Word. Accomplishing any God-given task requires obedience to God’s Word.

OUR VISION IS THAT PRAYER WILL BE THE FIRST RESOURCE AND NOT THE LAST EFFORT.  Speaking as well as listening to God is required for personal and church spiritual growth.  We will regularly provide opportunities for intercessory prayer.  We will preach and teach that daily personal time with God is the source of spiritual strength.  We will gird all church activities under the umbrella of prayer.

OUR VISION IS TO WORSHIP GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.  In our church, people enthusiastically and unashamedly express worth and value to God.  We will provide all people the opportunity to express their understanding of who God is and what He is doing in our world. Through all means available, leaving behind all personal desires, we will encourage a worship encounter with God.

OUR VISION IS TO GIVE OF OUR TIME, TALENTS, TITHES AND OFFERINGS AS THE BIBLE TEACHES.  We share Christ and build believers by demonstrating that all we possess is a gift from God for use in accomplishing His plan through our church.  We will unashamedly ask that each member of our church family participate utilizing their talents and financial resources in the work and ministry God has given us.