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Five Purposes of the FBC Saltillo Student Ministry
The five purposes of the Student Ministry are found in two key passages: The Great Commandment and the Great Commission. 
 
The Great Commandment: 
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.”
(Matt. 22:37-40)
 
The Great Commission: 
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.”
(Matt. 28: 19-20).
 
Five Purposes
1. Worship: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart”
2. Ministry: “Love your neighbor as yourself”
3. Evangelism: “Go and make disciples”
4. Fellowship: “Baptizing them”
5. Discipleship: “Teaching them to obey”

The Purpose of Worship

We usually define worship as the singing that takes place right before the sermon. However, Romans 12:1 tells us to, “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”    
 
Within the FBC Saltillo Student Ministry we strive to create an atmosphere that is constantly encouraging our students to be pure and holy before the Lord. Their commitment to holiness is essentially their act of worship. The joy and excitement that comes with praising Jesus through music is a fruit of purity and holiness. We must consistently and accurately teach the Word of God, and lay before them the truth and the power of God’s Word. Our student ministry desires to see each student’s life transformed into the likeness of Christ, and this can only occur through a proper view of who God is and what He wants us to become.

The Purpose of Ministry

In the Great Commandment Jesus clearly commanded us to “love one another”. He has given each believer gifts and talents in order for us to carry out this commandment.   Within the student ministry we desire to help each young believer discover their spiritual gifts and use them to meet the needs of others. It is important that we teach students that spiritual gifts are to be used now, not just when they get older. 

The Purpose of Evangelism

Evangelism is simply sharing the good new of Jesus Christ with those who do not have a personal relationship with him. Even though God is the one who changes their heart and saves them He has commanded us to be his witnesses (Acts 1:8). 
One reason students do not grow beyond a certain level spiritually is because they are not being obedient in sharing their faith with others. Many times students are excited about sharing their faith but they do not know how. The adult leadership must not only teach how to evangelize the lost but also be a good example of carrying out the great commission.

The Purpose of Fellowship

When students enter into a personal relationship with Jesus they become a child of God and are automatically adopted into a huge family of Christian brothers and sisters all over the world. Eph. 2:19 says, “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.”  As Christians we desperately need the fellowship of brothers and sisters in Christ. Through these relationships we are known, cared for, held accountable, and encouraged in our spiritual journey.  This can only happen in a local New Testament church.  It is critical that a new believer be grafted into the total church family and not just the student ministry. Hebrews 13 clearly states believers are not to forsake the fellowship of other believers. 

The Purpose of Discipleship

Simply stated Discipleship is when a believer commits to self discipline him or herself to be like Christ. Discipleship takes place when a believer submits and becomes accountable to the Word of God. The Word of God becomes a chisel in the hand of the Creator to transform the life of a believer.  The believer matures through personal meditation in the Word of God and through other believers teaching truths from the Word of God. It is God’s desire for us to grow and mature and not be content to be infants in our faith. Hebrews 6:1 commands us to “… leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.” In the FBC Saltillo Student Ministry discipleship takes place in Bible Fellowship Groups, Worship Services, Breakaway, Discipleship Classes, Retreats, Camps, and other activities.  

 

The FBC Saltillo Student Ministry Purpose Statement

The FBC Saltillo Student Ministry exists to:  bring students to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, graft them into the church family, disciple and mature them in their faith, challenge them to discover and use their gifts in areas of ministry, and for them to glorify God with their life by having a passionate, transparent and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.