SBC's Mission Vision

Sunbury Bible Church (SBC) is a more than just a place to go or an event to attend; we are a community of people who have been changed by the love of God and want to change our community in response. We would love to welcome you into our community and walk alongside you to serve those around us in the name of Jesus.
Loving God
     Reaching Out
Loving All
A Culture of Vibrant Worship
 
We envision SBC as a church characterized by authentic worship that flows from hearts with reverence, inflamed through minds informed (John 4:23-24) by the revealed word of God and the indwelling Holy Spirit (Psalms 103:1).
 
A personal worship that extends to our work, our walk, and our world. (Romans 12:1 and Psalms 86:9-12)
 
 
A corporate worship that brings people together to glorify God in unity in humility of one voice, one spirit , and one mind. (John 17:20-26, Philippians 2:2, 1 Corinthians 12:12, James 4:7-10, Philippians 2:5-8, Romans 15:6, Ephesians 4:1-6, Philippians 1:27, and 1 Corinthians 1:10)
 
A Culture of Discipleship
 
We define Discipleship as: A culture ever growing in grace (Philippians 3:12-14)  and truth (2 Peter 3:18), that is fueled by a consuming passion to be followers (Matthew 16:24), and imitators of Christ, for the purpose of making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).

Then Jesus came to them and said, "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."

- Matthew 28:18-20

We envision SBC as a church characterized by Gospel empowered Bible teaching (Acts 5:42).
 
We envision SBC as a church characterized by disciplined and purposeful prayer (Joel 1:14). We see prayer occurring in corporate and personal settings. Prayer will be taught, as well as modeled by leadership and practiced by the congregation. (Luke 11:1-4, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, & Colossians 4:2)
 
We envision SBC as a church exercising spiritual gifts to build the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20).
 
SBC encourages lay ministry by helping attendees develop their personal walks with God, and become actively involved in personal ministry by discovering, defining, developing, and deploying their spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up every believer into the fullness of Christ. (Colossians 1:28, 1 Timothy 4:14-16, & Ephesians 4:16)
Family Ministry
We envision SBC as a "family of families"-- when we shepherd our families, His Church can grow. (Joshua 24:15, Proverbs 22:6, & Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
 
SBC challenges, equips and supports parents in their roles as the primary spiritual leaders of their families (Deuteronomy 6:7 & Ephesians 6:1-4).
 
SBC’s ministries will be sensitive to the needs of families (1 Timothy 5:8).  SBC is proactive in strengthening marriages and families through biblically-based family life education and enrichment ministries Ephesians 5:22-23 & Proverbs 31:15:17)
 
SBC will provide access to biblically-based and psychologically sound counseling resources to our congregation.

We envision SBC as a church characterized by children and youth ministries committed to preparing the next generation to be used by God.

We believe youth ministry is a church-wide ministry which strives to provide opportunities and experiences to draw teens into active, responsible participation in the life, the mission, and work of the church.
 
 
We believe that each child has been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and therefore has the capacity to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:19-20). Our desire is to see each individual reach their full potential for the plan God has for their lives and see to it that they feel loved, valued, and cared for along the way. (Psalms 127:3-4)
 
We envision SBC as a church characterized by believers who think and live according to a Biblical worldview while holding each other accountable in love. (Romans 12:1-2 & Galatians 6:1-5)
 
A Culture of Evangelism
 
We envision SBC as a church characterized by a Gospel empowered passion for reaching the lost both at home and around the world. (Mark 16:15-16)
 
Our church family is proactive in reaching individuals at their point of need for Jesus Christ where we live and work (1 Corinthians 9:22-23). As a result, we envision a steady stream of new believers who will become involved in the vision of SBC. In addition to reaching across the street, we envision a culture that is motivated in reaching those around the world.
 
SBC supports individuals, who are gifted and called to serve in the work of missions. We commit ourselves to the training, equipping, commissioning, and sending of these individuals. (Acts 1:8)
SBC is actively supporting these individuals through our prayers, and financial gifts. (Matthew 9:37-38, Ephesians 6:18, & 2 Corinthians 8:13-14)
 
SBC is proactively assisting individual members in their personal evangelism. (Ephesians 4:12)
 
 
A Culture of Reaching Out
 
We envision SBC as a church characterized by a welcoming and loving atmosphere to all people. (Romans 15:7)
 
 
SBC challenges every member to have a servant like heart. Serving will be encouraged in the community, workplace, home, and in the church. (Ephesians 6:6-7, James 1:27, & John 13:1-17)
 
We are motivated to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters, both material and spiritual, at its core, meeting the needs of others means that those with more are encouraged to share their blessings with those who have less. (Acts 2:44-45, Philippians 2:3-7, Acts 4:32-35), & Luke 12:12-21)
 
We strive to be a community that creates an environment that is rooted in truth, that is “safe but not soft,' environments that embrace people in their brokenness while guiding them to wholeness in Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 5:14-15, Galatians 6:2, 1 Timothy 3:15, & Ephesians 3:17-19)
 
We seek to become proactive in creating a community of faith, and connecting newcomers quickly into our church family. (Acts 2:46-47)
 
We are proactive in encouraging all of our members to be connected with others in shepherding relationships.
 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

- Hebrews 10:24-25