Fortress Church serves to bring individuals into a personal relationship with Christ Jesus (Evangelize), lead them to experience God’s presence in worship (Exalt), teach them Godly principles by which to live (Edify), and prepare them for ministry in the kingdom of God (Empower).
The Four-Fold Mission of the New Testament Church and Fortress Church is to . . .
1) Evangelize. We are called to share our faith and bring people into the kingdom of God.
“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.” –Matthew 28:19, 20
Evangelism – (def.) The spreading of the Christian gospel by speaking, teaching or personal witness; bringing individuals to faith in Christ Jesus.
- a) Cults such as Mormonism and Islam are growing just as fast as Christianity.
If people don’t find God’s love in us, they may choose to pursue it elsewhere.
- b) Evangelism is Christ’s mandate to every believer.
Statistics show that only 2% of the believers in Christ are consistently bringing people to Christ.
- c) Evangelism shows that we care about people.
One way of defining Evangelism is . . . “loving people.”
- d) Evangelism shows that we are obedient to the calling of the church.
“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47
2) Exalt the Lord. The church is called to be a place of worship.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” –John 4:23, 24
The Bible teaches that worship to God is expressed in many ways. Singing, raising of hands, clapping of hands, shouting, speaking in tongues, dancing and much more. These expressions are not required of us, but is often done to the Lord as act of worship.
Why do we sing in worship? Although “worship” is quite broad, music is one way to worship and to enter into the presence of God. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:6
Why do we raise hands in a worship service? Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2
Why do we clap hands and shout in a worship service? Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy. Psalm 47:1
Why do some people dance in worship? Praise God in his sanctuary; Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Psalm 150:1-6
3) Edify the saints. EDIFY (def.) – “to build up”
– We are called to disciple the believers so that the body of Christ can be edified. –
so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” –Eph. 4:12, 13
Discipleship (def.) The process of spiritual development that occurs in a community of loving accountability, as the believer progressively rises to spiritual maturity, and then, leads others along the same journey.
According to Jesus, a True Disciple . . .
- a) holds to His teachings. (John 8:31) Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
- b) bears fruit (John 15:8) This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
- c) loves others (John 13:35) By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
4) Empower the Church. We are called to prepare the believers for kingdom ministry.
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are empowered . . .
1) by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
2) to share the gospel. (Romans 1:16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
3) to live out our faith. (1 Corinthians 2:5) so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
4) to live a life of sanctification. (1 Corinthians 6:6, 7) in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God.
5) to do the work of the ministry. (Acts 4:33) With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.
Fortress Church Declaration of Faith
We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord! Our past is forgiven, our present is blessed, and our destiny is promised! We live to love God and love people at a deeper level. We desire to experience and dwell in the presence of God. We purpose to evangelize our world, exalt the Lord, edify the believers and empower the church! Because the Lord is our Fortress, we have a safety to run to, a security to go to, a strength to hold on to, and a summit to rise to! We declare that we are blessed coming in and blessed going out . . . in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!