Everything healthy, living
thing grows: plants and animals -- churches. If it is
not growing we don’t ask, what do I need to make
it grow, we ask what’s keeping it from growing.
Growth comes from health, health comes from
balance, and being out of balance equals
disease. Many churches are driven by:
Tradition, Personalities, Finances, Buildings,
Programs, or Events. But the Biblical Approach is to be a "Purpose" Driven Church.
Mat 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Prov 19:21 Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. DEFINING GBF'S

PURPOSE Why is it important? 1. It builds morale- Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish.
2. It reduces frustration- Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  (who keep their purposes firm)
Isa 49:4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.
3. It allows concentration- Phil. 3:13 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. You can be efficient without being effective.
4. It attracts cooperation- Ezra 10:4 Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it." ( we will fully cooperate)
5. It assists evaluation- 2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?

A purpose tells what we do from day to day. Why we are here. Luke 4:18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21 and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Grace: Everyone in our church realizes without Grace we could not have a relationship with God. Rom 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Rom 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Baptist: We are a Baptist Church and are a part of the Southern Baptist Convention
Fellowship: The Bible says the church is a fellowship. Acts 2:42 "They continued steadily learning the teaching of the apostles and joined in the fellowship." Circle "the". Fellowship is not just something the church is. It's something we do. What is fellowship? The best definition is "Two fellows on the same ship." If you were in New York City and you were going to take a boat to London, you would inevitably have fellowship with some people. You're headed in the same direction, so you get to know each other and you associate because you're going in the same direction. That's what fellowship is. Fellowship is when you get to know other people because you're headed in the same direction.

Grace Baptist Fellowship (Office)
218 East Main St. West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
(618) 923-4180


5665 State Hwy 37
 Benton, IL   62812