What is the role of FBC as a church patriarch to the congregation, in sharing love with one another, the hunger for souls and compassion for the lost? Just like our father in heaven, do we exercise genuine love, friendship and concerns to others, irregardless of one’s culture, nationality, and traditions?
I like what this question is getting at, but I also wrestle with it a bit. FBC is a reference to the community of believers that make up the church. There is no independent FBC from the congregation. They are one and the same. SO yes FBC sets an example for believers, but it is also made up of the group of believers. That said as a group of believers, and the specific ones that makes up FBC I hope we follow JEsus and set an example alongside other believers through who we live, the breadth of people we are friends with and how we ignore culture, nationality, and traditions in forming those relationships. I hope as a church we are outward focussed and have a hunger for proclaiming the good news of Jesus. I hope that we do this as a church, and it encourages all of us to model that same behaviour.
So accepting only people in your life who are clean and pure. So no Jewish person, no buddhist person, no muslim person as friends?
So this question came in from someone watching on our live stream which is fantastic! This question is really seeking clarification on what was preached. So to clarify – we can, and should be friends with anyone we can no matter what race or religion. Our goal in these relationships is always though to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to people because he is ‘the way, the truth and the life.” So we have all the relationships we want, but we should also be proclaiming in those relationships the truth about Jesus Christ.
Thanks for clarification