Petal First Baptist Church

2019 State of the Church


A Call to Connect Deeply   Our Membership & Worship

Connect Yourself and Others to Christ and the Church   

A Call To Grow Deeper  LifeGroups & Age Group Ministries

Grow in a Deepening Relationship With Christ

A Call to Commit Sacrificially Ministries & Ministry Plan

Commit Your Time & Resources to Serve Christ & Others  

A Call to Go & Multiply Rapidly   Our Missions

Go – Share the Love of Christ With Everyone Everywhere

One Defining Word – Transformation

Complete, Perfect, Mature, “…measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.” Eph. 4:13b NLT


Relationship Over Isolation

We desire to live in community doing life together by overcoming barriers that cause isolation.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 1 Thessalonians 2:8; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 18:15-17; Mark 12:30-31

Life Transformation Over More Information

We strive to become what Christ calls us to be and do by applying what we are learning.

Romans 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:15; James 1:22-25; 2:14-26

Biblical Truth Over My Opinion

We make every decision based on the absolute truth of God’s Word instead of personal preference.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26;          2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 40:8

Investing Over Consuming

We seek to leverage our influence and resources to make disciples rather than being self-absorbed.

1 Timothy 6:17-19; Mark 10:35-45; Matthew 19:27-30; 1 Peter 4:10; 5:1-4; Ephesians 6:7-8; Galatians 5:13-15;  Matthew 4:18-20; 6:19-21,24; 25:14-30; 28:18-20;  Luke 9:23-24; 16:10-13

Going Over Staying

We will live a life that engages the world instead of waiting for them to come to us.

Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:7-8; Mark 16:14-16; Luke 24:44-49; Ezekiel 3:16-19; Romans 10:14-15; Isaiah 52:7; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Luke 19:10; Matthew 5:9-13; John 20:21-23

Strong Families Over Busy Calendars

We will equip parents to lead their families to prioritize Christ rather than conforming to the expectations of our culture. 

Deuteronomy 6; 11:18-28; Ephesians 5:22-6:1-4;      Colossians 3:18-21; Matthew 19:4-6


This are personal questions that we want every person who is a part of our church asking on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis of themselves and of each other. 

How Am I Living…

-  Authentically?

-  Biblically?

-  Connectedly?

-  Desperately?

- Evangelistically?

- Faithfully?


CORPORATELY:  Our Vision for 2019 & Beyond

(1) Foreground – 60-90 Day Goals to hit the Midground

(2) MidGround: LifeGroups - Average 250 in LG by 2019 

(3) Background

  • Launch of OutLive Your Life Phase 2
  • Growing a Culture of Generosity
  • Leadership Pipeline Development
  • Discipleship Blueprint (Family)

(4) Beyond the Horizon Launch of First Bridge


PERSONALLY: Where are you on the Map & Measures?

-  Fall Deeper in Love with Jesus (Our First Love)

-  Pray both privately and corporately

-  Be in the Word–Find A Reading Plan That Works for You

-  Share the Gospel with one Person this year

-  Get Connected to A LifeGroup (Serve in that Group)

-  Serve in a Ministry

-  Give Sacrificially (Take a Step Up the Generosity Ladder)

-  Go On Mission at least once this year

-  Get in a Discipleship Group (Disciple Someone)

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