MISSION & VISION
We exist to make followers of Jesus who represent Him to every man, woman, and child for His Name's Sake.
We want every man, woman, and child in Leon County and beyond to experience the gospel without having to come to us.
NFBC, formerly known as Temple Baptist was first founded in 1963 and continues to seek to share the good news in our community and beyond.
For His Name’s Sake: Everything exists for the glory of God, and His plan is “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10). This means that the church’s primary task is to glorify and honor God and to help more people glorify and praise Him. Therefore, we want to do everything for His glory (1 Cor 10:31). The entire gospel mission of God will result in the fact that He will be praised, and no one will be able to “boast in the presence of God" (1 Corinthians 1:29). All of our boastings will be in the Lord (1 Cor 1:31).
Submitted to and Saturated in the Word: Since we believe that the Bible is clear, essential, and authoritative; everything we do is to be submitted to the Word. King Jesus is a wise and competent communicator. We are not his editors or marketing strategist. We are his ambassadors, and it is our privilege to represent and declare His message. We also believe that the Word of God is powerful to equip us for every good work (2 Tim 3:16-17), expose our deepest motivations (Hebrews 4:12) and awaken our hearts (1 Peter 1:23). The primary tool the Spirit uses is hearing the Word of God (Eph 6:17; Rom 10:17). Therefore, we want our time together to be saturated in the Word.
Immersed in the Gospel: The gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and that he rose again from the grave on the third day (1 Cor 15:3-4). He offers salvation as a free gift to anyone who believes in Him (Romans 1:16-17). Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph 2:8-9, Acts 4:12). Through this work of Jesus, our sins are forgiven, our relationship is restored, our hearts are made new, and eternity is secured. The gospel is not just about how we enter the Christian life, but it is also how we live the Christian life (Galatians 3:2-3). We start the Christian life by grace through faith and we live the Christian life by grace through faith (Colossians 2:6-7). We finish the Christian life by the power that He supplies (Philippians 1:6). Therefore, we want to immerse all of our teaching and conversations in the gospel of Jesus. The gospel is the lens through which we view the Word and ourselves. As we grow in our Christian life, we want to grow in our understanding of our need for the cross. We want to deal with every command of Scripture with the fact that we cannot obey it without the gospel work of Jesus enabling us. We want to pursue right living with His power that is powerfully at work in us (Colossians 1:29; 1 Corinthians 15:10); and not by our own power or self-effort.
Authentic, True, and Passionate Worship in all of life: All of our lives are to be done as an act of worship to God (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23). He is looking for people who will worship Him in Truth and by the Spirit (John 4:23-24). Therefore, we want to equip people to worship God in everything they do. We also want our times together to be filled with worship that is Biblically Grounded and Holy Spirit empowered. Since God looks at the heart, we want our worship to be authentic and not a manufactured performance.
Focused Mission: God has graciously and persistently pursued mankind even while we were His enemies at great cost to Himself (Romans 5:10). Jesus left heaven, took on the form of a servant, and endured the cross all the way to the end in order to offer us salvation. He demonstrated a relentless pursuit of broken humanity. And He gave the mission to His church to make disciples of every nation and every generation. Therefore, we want to be relentless to bend our lives for the sake of making His gospel known to every man, woman, and child. We want to see the entire city of Tallahassee saturated with His good news. This includes every race, gender, age, and social class. It means the well-off and the deeply broken, the rich and poor, the addicted and the clean: every man, woman, and child.
Global engagement: The mission was not just for one people group. The mission was for every nation (Matthew 28:19-20). At the end, He will be worshipped by people from “every tribe and language and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). It is not enough for us to engage our city because the mission is for the entire world. There are over 3 billion people who are part of unreached people groups with little or no gospel access. We must engage the whole world. Therefore, we will send and support people to serve overseas. We want to have an emphasis on engaging the unreached people groups of the world.
Deep Relationships in the church: The church is not a place or a meeting time or a social club. The church is a people who gather together and are in deep relationship with one another because of the gospel. Our relationships with one another in the church show that we are followers of Jesus (John 13:35), and these relationships are a grace of God to make us grow into more Christlikeness (Eph 4:15-16). God has commanded us to love each other in the church (1 John 4:21). He has also told us to not neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). Therefore, we want to create opportunities for us to connect and have deeper relationships with one another in the church. We want everyone that is a part of the church to have a place to be known by other followers of Jesus.
Dependent on God…. We need Him: It is God who makes all of our work fruitful (1 Cor 3:7). In all of our efforts as a church, we want to make sure that our faith does not “rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Cor 2:5). We do not want to trust in any method or person, but we want to trust and be dependent on God to do the work (Ps 20:7). Therefore, we will pray for God to work and humbly acknowledge that we need Him. And when He blesses that work, we will give Him credit for doing the work.