Our Vision – 우리의 비전

비전선언문

타코마제일침례교회(TFBC)는 예수 그리스도의 십자가의 복음으로, 무너진 세대를 연결하고, 다른 민족들을 화합하고, 교회와 세상 사이에 다리를 놓아, 잃어버린 영혼들을 구원하고 성령 공동체이다.  

교회비전

타코마제일침례교회(TFBC)는 예수 그리스도의 화해의 십자가의 복음으로 잃어버린 영혼들을 하나님께로 인도하는 영혼구원의 다리의 역할과 이민 사회의 각 세대를 연결하며, 교회와 세상을 다리 놓으며, 문화적인 차이를 갖고 있는 각 다민족들에게 다가가는 사역을 사명으로 감당하고 있다. 즉, 각양 다른 사회, 문화, 세대, 민족들 간에 예수 그리스도의 복음을 통해 다리를 놓고 영혼을 구원하며 양육하는데 그 비전이 있다.

잃어 버린 영혼을 위해…

  • 각세대를 연결하며한국이민 사회 뿐 아니라 모든 이민 교회의 미래의 가장 큰 문제는 세대의 화합과 믿음의 계승이라는 숙제이다. 이민자인 1세대와 미국에서 태어난 2세대, 그리고 그 사이에 끼어 있는 1.5세대 (Bridge Generation)간의 문화와 언어의 차이는 때로 고달픈 이민 생활을 더 힘들게 한다. 가족들간에 대화의 단절과 전통의 붕괴, 청소년들의 탈선, 독거노인 문제 등이 바로 세대간 갈등의 결과들이다. 그로 말미암은 신앙계승의 단절은 가장 심각하고 시급한 문제로 대두되고 있다. 그러나 십자가의 복음의 능력은 우리의 상상을 초월한다. 오직 그리스도의 복음과 사랑만이 모든 차이와 차별, 단절과 아픔들을 치유하며 극복할 수 있다. 오히려 복음의 능력으로 세대간의 특징과 장점을 살려 가정과 교회와 공동체를 섬길 수 있다. 복음은 모든 믿는 자들에게 능력을 주시는 하나님의 은혜이다. 세대의 차이도 예외는 아니다.
  • 교회와 세상을 연결하며예수님은 교회를 세상의 빛과 소금이라고 강조하셨다. 빛이 빛을 잃으면 능력이 없고, 소금이 맛을 잃으면 효력이 없듯이 교회는 하나님의 말씀으로 생명력을 지닐 때 세상에 참된 빛과 소금의 역할을 감당한다. 가정같은 교회, 교회같은 가정이 이민교회에 뿌리를 내린다면 세상은 교회로 돌아올 것이다. 세상은 적이 아닌 그리스도의 사랑으로 우리가 품어야 할 사역지이다. 십자가의 능력은 이 교회와 세상과의 화해와 치유의 사역을 가능케 한다.
  • 다민족들을 향해 “너희는 먼저 그의 나라와 의를 구하라”는 하나님의 말씀에 순종하여 “우리 교회를 위한 집회가 아닌” 다른 민족들을 섬기고 협력하는데 철저히 그 비전을 나누어야 한다. 따라서 하나님의 축복을 이미 경험한 미주 한인 교회는 각 도시마다 넘쳐나는 소수 민족들을 향해 복음을 들고 나아갈 때 더 큰 하나님의 축복을 경험할 것을 믿는다.

목적이 이끄는 교회와 목적이 이끄는 삶

하나님께서 우리 인생 한사람 한사람을 목적을 가지고 창조하신 것처럼, 교회는 반드시 그 목적에 의해서 움직인다. 이 다섯가지 교회의 목적을 통해서 교회는 존재감과 사명감을 가지고 세상에 나아간다. 마찬가지로 교회의 목적은 또한 우리의 존재의 이유이기도 하다.

타코마제일침례교회(TFBC)의 사명 가운데 하나는 우리 개개인의 삶과 교회의 삶이 하나님의 창조목적에 의해 나아가게
하는데 있다.

  • 예배 (Worship) 첫번째 목적 :  우리는 하나님의 기쁨을 위해 계획되었다 — 예배의 삶
  • 교제 (Fellowship) 두번째 목적 :  우리는 하나님의 가족으로 태어났다 — 공동체의 삶
  • 제자도 (Discipleship) 세번째 목적 : 우리는 그리스도를 닮도록 창조되었다 — 성장의 삶
  • 사역 (Ministry) 네번째 목적 : 우리는 하나님을 섬기기 위해 지음받았다 — 섬기는 삶
  • 선교 (Mission) 다섯번째 목적 : 우리는 분명한 사명을 위해 지음받았다 — 비전의 삶

타코마제일침례교회(TFBC)의 5대 목적

  • 예배에 생명을 다하는 교회: Life
  • 소그룹 교제로 하나되는 교회: Unity
  • 변화와 성장이 기쁨이 되는 교회: Joy
  • 섬김이 문화가 되는 교회: Culture
  • 타코마에서 땅끝까지: Mission

Vision Statement

Tacoma First Baptist Church is a Spirit-filled community that strives to reach out to the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as it builds bridges between church and community, connecting one generation to another, and one culture to another.

Ministry Vision of Tacoma First Baptist Church

The ministry vision of any local church draws its purpose and principles from the church’s biblical philosophy. The ministry of TFBC is solely founded on the belief and power of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Without the gospel of Jesus Christ, neither can there be a vision nor a church. The entire church ministry of TFBC is founded upon this gospel, which proclaims forgiveness of sin to all who believe in the name of Jesus Christ.

We are God’s servants
Who build bridges between God and the lost;
Who build bridges among people of different generations;
Who build bridges between the church and the community;
Who build bridges among all nations;
With the message of the gospel and the love of our Lord
Jesus Christ

Church Vision

The Church has a mission to proclaim God’s Word to the world and to make disciples of all nations. This mission calls us to share the Good News: Jesus died on the Cross for our Sin and rose again to give us victory over death and over this world.

Without the power of the blood that Jesus shed for us on the Cross, there is no forgiveness of sins or reconciliation to God. Our broken relationship with God can only be restored through accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.

A church must preach to the world that repentance through Jesus Christ is the way to receive God’s forgiveness and grace. God has given us no other name through which salvation is possible. A church must present this gospel with the love of God because God sent His only begotten Son to save us—not to condemn us. Jesus demonstrated God’s love through His sacrifice and obedience on the Cross. A Church must follow in His footsteps.

A church must build bridges for the world to hear and know God’s Word by demonstrating His love to the lost. Only through the power of the Gospel can wounds and scars be healed. Only through the love of Jesus Christ can broken relationships and lives be restored. A church ought to let the world see its sincerity of love and good deeds so that both believers and unbelievers may lift up their praises to the living God. Furthermore, all believers must leave behind footsteps of true faith on this earth so that the world will see God and His love through Jesus Christ.

• Bridging all generations

We have a mission to raise our children to be faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ. We have to pass on our faith to the next generation. This requires different generations within a church to open their hearts to each other so that respect and trust will develop between one another. The existing gaps between generations can be filled by sharing in the truth of God’s Word. We must strive together to uphold the biblical truths, values, and visions according to the Word of God. When all stand firm and united in the Word, any difference that arises among generations—either it be a cultural or social—will lead itself to true understanding. The power and love of the Cross has power to break down any wall and to bring together all kinds of people under one Name and one Vision: saving the lost souls and glorifying God’s name. This is our duty and responsibility for the next generation

• Bridging the church and the world, our community

Jesus told us that we are the salt and light of the world. If the church loses its saltiness and fails to shine out its light, it becomes powerless and loses its value. A church will be able to carry out its mission when it is filled with the Word of God and when it obeys His commands. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). When a church stands united as one body in Christ, the world will come to know Jesus because it is through loving each other that we will prove ourselves to be true disciples of Jesus.

We, as a church, must reach out to the lost world, to the lost souls with the gospel and love of Christ. This means being compassionate to the needs of our community and taking actions. When we care for the needy and the marginalized in our community, the world will see God and His glory in the Church.

• Bridging all nations

The gospel of salvation is for all peoples and nations. God has called us to evangelize the whole world. We must carry out missions both over sea and in the land where we live in. Nowadays, many cities include various ethnic groups living in each city. What a wonderful opportunity for us to do mission in our everyday lives! The gospel of the Cross can overcome any barrier of cultural, ethnic, social, and language differences, and we will be able to truly experience heavenly worship and fellowship as all come together under the blessed Name, Jesus Christ. We ought to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the differences God created in all of us. It is a truly blessing to us!

The Purpose Driven Church, Ministry and the Purpose Driven Life

We were created to bring glory to God. Just as God has His purpose for creating an individual, each church, too, has God-given purpose and vision. In line with the vision and purpose of the Church, individual purposes and visions stand. Our life purposes will be fulfilled as we stand firm in the following five principles of a purpose driven life.

• Worship

We were created to worship Him. Worship is the greatest act that any human being can do to bring glory and joy to God. God takes joy in our worship. God is a spiritual Being so we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Through worship, we honor God, give Him thanks, and glorify His name.

• Fellowship

A church is the body of Christ. Each one of us shares in the body of Christ. As different parts of one body, we share joys, pains, victories, and tears of this life. We all need to be cared, taught, mentored, disciplined, nurtured, served, challenged, encouraged, and, most of all, loved. We must stand united in faith and love against all temptations and spiritual attacks of this world. Through the spiritual gifts God has given to each person, so we must faithfully serve one another. When people come together in the name of Jesus, ALL things are possible!

• Discipleship

We were created in the image of our God. However, Sin has distorted our lives by taking us as slaves. The good news is that Jesus died for our sins so that we can be born again! When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and teaches and guides us to live holy life. Our journey to become more like Jesus begins. This process of sanctification can only start after we are justified by God as righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ. We, Christians, are followers of Jesus Christ who want to learn from him and to live like him. We must strive become more like Christ everyday because it is God’s will for us to obey His commands and be like Him.

• Ministry

We were created to serve God and to serve one another. Jesus is our model for the true servant hood. He ministered to those who were poor and in need—the outcasts, the marginalized, and the so-called “sinners.” It is our responsibility to love and care for our neighbors. God has given each individual spiritual gifts to serve the body of Christ. Our lives need to be driven by this God given Vision and Purpose, which serves as the foundation of our ministry.

• Mission

God created all human beings, and he wants all to be saved. This is our mission, and we must take part in God’s redemptive work for the lost. Jesus gave us the great commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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).