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FBC Logan exists to obey the Great Commandment (Matt 22:37–40) and to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt 28:18–20) by proclaiming the gospel to the nations.
The Great Commandment
He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands." (Matt 22:37–40)
The Great Commission
Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age." (Matt 28:18–20)
The Bible opens with attention on God and his relationship with humanity. God is the creator of the world (Gen 1:1–2). God has a holy and righteous character and he expects his creation to reflect his righteousness (Exod 34:6–7; Isa 6:3; Hab 1:13; Rom 3:23).
Although God created humanity to live in peace with him, humanity quickly rebelled against God. The Bible teaches that after God created the world, humanity disobeyed God's commands and rebelled against him. This disobedience and rebellion is called sin in the Bible. Everyone is born a sinner and disobeys God's righteous commands (Ps 51:5; Rom 3:23; 5:12–17). Because of sin, everyone is deserving of a just punishment from God, which is death (Gen 3:3; Rom 6:23; Eph 2:1–3).
The Bible declares that Jesus is the only hope for humanity (John 14:6). Jesus is God in the flesh (Matt 1:22–23; Rom 9:5; 10:13). Jesus is the long awaited king who has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt 2:2; 28:18–20). Jesus is the savior for humanity (Matt 1:21; Luke 2:11). As God, King, and Savior, Jesus has the power to forgive you of your sins and raise you to new life. He has all authority. He provides the only hope for salvation. Jesus provided the greatest sacrifice for sins with his death upon the cross (Rom 3:25; Eph 1:7). When he rose from the grave, he defeated death (Acts 2:32–36; Rom 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15).
The Bible teaches that faith and repentance is the only response to the message of the gospel. The apostle Paul writes that the gospel is the power of God for salvation "to everyone who believes" (Rom 1:16; See also John 3:16; Eph 2:8). God will save those who trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and their deliverance from the power of sin. The Bible also teaches that repentance joins faith. Jesus proclaimed, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matt 4:17; See also Acts 2:28; 1 John 1:9). Repentance is an act of separation: a separation away from sin and a turning towards righteousness.
Your response to the message of the gospel will impact you. Anyone who wants to follow Jesus must become his disciple and devote their life to him (Matt 16:24; 28:19; 1 John 2:3–6; 3:9; James 1:22–27). Disciples of Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit and demonstrate the holy character of God himself (Acts 2:38; Gal 5:22–26; Eph 1:13–14). Disciples of Jesus will experience a new spiritual birth so that they become children of God and they will reflect the righteous character of their heavenly Father (John 1:12–13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3).
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