Preface: Our Call to Love
We are called to worship and be discipled corporately, and we are called to love and serve one another.
If we are one of Christ’s disciples, we are called to disciple and be discipled by others. Further, Scripture tells us that we each have primary responsibility for our brothers and sisters within our local covenanted body at JPBC. The leadership at JPBC is committed to creating a culture of personal discipleship. We envision a church where our members are actively involved in each others’ lives for the purpose of encouragement, correction, accountability, and showing each other grace and forgiveness in the gospel. The elders/pastors are called to equip and encourage the saints in this work for purposes of building up the entire body under the headship of Christ.
Our discipleship takes place through two main areas: through corporate worship and fellowship and through members' discipleship and care.
Discipleship takes place as we gather together to hear from God and care for one another in our corporate worship on Sunday morning, our focused studies in Sunday school, and in our fellowship time on Wednesday night. These three services are what the pastor likes to call the "corporate diet" of the church and provide a unique way to feed, encourage, and edify the body.
Expectations for Members
Sunday Morning Worship Service | Ordinances, singing with one another, hearing Scripture read, hearing Scripture preached, led in prayer
Our discipleship starts with our corporate worship service on the Lord's Day. This is the main course in our corporate diet where we gather to fulfill what God clearly prescribes for us in Scripture. The service centers on the preaching of God's Word as we all gather seeking to hear God speak to us. The preaching is expositional, Christ-centered, and focuses on applying the Word to our lives today.
The music is chosen to lead the congregation in praising God and is chosen to prepare us to hear the message. We incorporate different kinds of led prayers in the service such as prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving, and repentance. The morning worship service is also where we participate in the ordinances of our Lord, Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Sunday Night Service | Corporate prayer for one another, caring for members, fellowship, studying God’s Word together
Our Life Together is the Wednesday evening gathering that complements the Sunday worship and gives the church an opportunity to experience Christ in one another and learn together.
We will typically have a brief time of singing beginning at 5PM followed by a time of prayer, ending at 6:15PM.
Small Groups/Bible Studies (at least one) | Being watchful, loving one another, stirring one another toward good works, discipling, confronting, correcting, encouraging
Sunday School: The Sunday School hour precedes the worship service, starting at 9AM. These classes range from walking through a book of the Bible to a class that prays for the hour. The venue of Sunday School provides for more discussion and sharing time. Some classes are gender and age specific. Others are co-ed and open to all ages. We hope to offer a rotation of open classes that will include New and Old Testament studies, theological topics, counseling, discipleship, family and evangelism.
Volunteer (at least one) | Serving one another, loving one another
Children’s Sunday School