Definition of Identity: The collective aspect of the set of characteristics by which a person is definitively recognizable or known.
The vision of FBC Gunter is centered more on who we are as the people of God than what we do. Identity-who we are- always drives what we do. All of our actions should flow from our identity in Christ. The gospel tells us that every Christian has been blessed with a new identity in Christ. Focusing on this identity helps us to direct our attention to the motivation behind our actions instead of focusing strictly on the actions themselves.
As stated above, our identity describes a set of characteristics by which we are recognized or known. So, Who are we?
Simply put, we are the called and sent people of God. We are people who have experienced a restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ and restored relationships with others, both of which are the result of the gospel. Using biblical language, we are the chosen, beloved, forgiven, children of God. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, the body of Christ, a Holy temple in the Lord, and a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
These identity markers drive all of our thinking and our actions. In light of our identity in Christ, we have adopted the following vision:
FBC Gunter: Worshippers of God, in Community, on Mission for Christ.
The three identity markers of worship, community, and mission are the fundamental building blocks of the church. Not only do they accurately describe who we are but what we do as Christians flows from these identity markers. As Christians, we worship the living God through Jesus, we actively participate in community with other believers because of Jesus, and we are missionaries to the culture around us for Jesus.