1 Year Into Our 2030 Vision!
2030 UPDATEWe all know at least one—a searching soul in desperate need of the Gospel to penetrate their heart—a next-door neighbor; a father; a mother; a coworker; a close friend; a distant relative. We’re called to have faith in a world filled with unbelief. This concept is preached in churches all across America, but it’s about more than just good intentions or convenient interactions for the Gospel’s sake; it’s about turning worldwide unbelief into unwavering faith.
On January 28, 2018, Pastor Steven Wade preached a sermon titled God Is Able, during which he challenged Faith Baptist Church to ask themselves where they would be in twelve years.
“What will I be doing? What will I have accomplished? And ultimately, what will I have accomplished for the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ? How will we as a church have participated in God’s mission together?”
Pastor Steven echoed Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-19 for the congregation of Faith Baptist:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
By the year 2030, Faith Baptist is seeking seven major outcomes for the church to be filled with all the fullness of God. These include Gospel conversations, professions of faith, mobilization to engage communities locally and globally, training leaders to be sent out, and seeing churches be planted/revitalized. And in just a year, the Lord used believers in the Faith Baptist body to turn the 2030 Vision into more than just a vision.
Faith Baptist has already seen:
- 237 / 203,000 Gospel Coversations (recorded)
- 51 / 20,300 Professions of Faith
- 704 / 20,300 Mobilized to Engage Locally
- 81 / 2,030 Mobilized to Engage Globally
- 6 / 203 Leaders Sent Out
- 1 / 30 Church Revitalizations
With that said, the questions remain--Do you believe God is able? Are you willing to participate in advancing His Kingdom?
MEMBER SPOTLIGHTFaith Family and friends, meet the Gonzales crew!
The now family of four started just five years ago when Matt and Sarah met while both attending Faith Baptist Church. Sarah’s family had recently moved to Wake Forest and joined Faith Baptist, while Matt had been attending Faith while he was studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary!
Fast forward two years: Matt and Sarah tied the knot and Matt was hired for a position working with the youth ministry at Faith. As fulfilling as working at Faith proved to be, Matt began realizing how little contact he had with lost people on a day-to-day basis. Together, Matt and Sarah felt drawn to international missions, but didn’t quite know what that entailed or how they were to follow the tug on their hearts.
As much as they believed God would someday place them in the mission field, Matt also recognized the call to spread the gospel right here in America.
“Our ultimate goal is to be ministering to internationals here in the states,” explains Matt. Sarah goes on to tell of the book Strangers Next Door, by JD Payne, which describes how God is bringing international people to America in droves. While overseas missions is still necessary and effective, the Gonzales’ also recognize how the mission field is literally coming to America.
Matt and Sarah, along with their two kiddos (Micah and Jethro) who were born along the way, have loved serving in a variety of ministries at Faith, most recently with the Knightdale church planting team. After the church plant, the Lord allowed for some much-needed rest in ministry for the Gonzales family. Then, they headed back to Faith Baptist and dove right into serving there once again.
Both Matt and Sarah now work at Commission Leadership Academy, conveniently located on the campus of Faith Baptist Church. Matt absolutely loves where the Lord has him. He loves his position at the Academy. He loves the kids he has met. He loves the relationships he has formed. He sees so clearly God’s perfect plans that led them to where their family is today.
Looking ahead to 2019, Sarah desires to see and remember what the Lord is continually doing. Joshua 4:3 proclaims the vision Matt and Sarah hold for their family:
“And command them: Take twelve stones from this place in the middle of the Jordan where the priests are standing, carry them with you, and set them down at the place where you spend the night… so that this will be a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ You should tell them, ‘The water of the Jordan was cut off in front of the ark of the Lord’s covenant. When it crossed the Jordan, the Jordan’s water was cut off.’ Therefore these stones will always be a memorial for the Israelites”
In the Gonzales home, atop the mantel in the living room, sits a glass jar for the things the Lord does in 2019. When the children pass by and ask about the jar, Matt and Sarah can remember what the Lord has done and will continue to do.
Lastly, the Gonzales family waits expectantly (and sometimes rather anxiously) as they move forward in the lengthy adoption process. In Franklinton County alone, there are seventy to eighty kids that need new homes, new families, and new lives; but there are only twelve families registered to foster or adopt. The Gonzales’ know of the need. Now, they wait on the Lord for the call. And they pray that other families at Faith can become a solution to the dozens of foster and adoption needs in the area as well.