The heart of gospel growth is to be a gospel-centered church that is used to spread a passion for the glory of God in all things to all peoples, tribes, tongues and cultures (Acts 1:8, 20:24, Rom. 10:13-15, 1 Thess. 1:8-9, 2:19-20).
The Disciple’s Call
We experience gospel-growth in the kingdom by living with the purpose to make God known and enjoyed. Those who have been reconciled to God through the gospel have ample opportunity to enter into the work of evangelism and missions. From living a life of service by interacting with neighbors and coworkers, to outreach or short or long-term mission trips, our lives have been infused with purpose and meaning. The disciple’s call is for gospel-centered growth for the glory of our God.
A Culture of Evangelism
Like a Culture of Discipleship, we desire that GABC be a body that has in it’s DNA a Culture of Evangelism because we desire to see the lost saved. We believe that as the gospel is discussed among our members it will lead to conversations with those who have yet to trust Christ. We desire that our members know how to give a reason for why they believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that as we become a healthy gospel-centered church that growth is natural. As we grow we hope to give birth to new churches through church planting efforts. We desire to plant churches with people in whom we have invested our lives. Our church planting might be here in Ames or in some other part of the state, region or world.
God is clear in His Scripture that we are to have a heart that longs for all nations to know Him and worship Him. This means that every Christian should be on mission with God by going, giving and all should be praying. We desire to see our neighborhoods come to Christ as much as the nations to come to Christ (2 Cor. 5:11-12, Matt. 28:18-20).
We seek to cooperate with other like-minded Christians and churches for gospel growth in global missions by praying, giving and going. We have mission thrusts that are through our local church and we also collaborate with mission endeavors under the auspices of the Southern Baptist Convention.