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At First Free we are about one thing - making disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God as the grace of the gospel grows deep in God's people and goes wide to all peoples. That's what Jesus called his disciples to in Matthew 28 and we believe all of us have been called to join that mission. This happens in a number of ways, but there are a few ways we think it happens best: worship services, groups, and sharing the gospel.
The gospel message is of first importance, not just for securing a right relationship with God, but also for growing in it. The gospel addresses our greatest need and informs the way we look at everything else. We need to be deeply affected by it. Because the routines in our life actually shape who we become, every week we proclaim the gospel in our worship services. We sing it, read it, pray it, preach it, and see it in baptism and communion. Our services are structured around the gospel. We declare the glory of God and in doing so realize our need for grace. We confess our need for God's grace and are reminded of his promise to give it. We hear from God through the preaching of his Word and then are sent on mission to go share the good news with others. GLORY. GRACE. GO.
Another way the gospel grows deep is through groups. Community Groups are a place you will find bible-based discussion, fellowship that will encourage you in your faith, and prayer for each other, the church, and the world. There are many commands in the Bible that are difficult to follow without a smaller group of people where you can know and be known: Encourage one another, exhort one another, pray for one another, serve one another, confess your sins to one another. Being in groups helps us apply God's Word to our lives and bring glory to God as we grow in Christ-likeness. The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone, so find a group of people to walk alongside and grow with.
Sharing the Gospel
We don't want to be a group of people with depth and no width. Both are equally important. We need the gospel, it's at the center of everything we do, but there are many more people out there who need it too. Missions and evangelism are critical to the gospel going wide in Wichita and around the world, and we have a part to play in that. As a church we support local and global missions work with about 25% of our annual budget, but you can also get involved by sharing the gospel where you are - school, work, neighborhood, family, friends. We want to make sure no one's excuse for not doing that is, "I don't know how." We offer many training opportunities to help our church family know how to clearly and confidently share the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection for our sins.