Who Do Men Say We Are?
Jesus asked a very similar question of His disciples upon their return from one of the ministry trips He had assigned to them. They provided a variety of answers but Peter is the one who finally spoke up and articulated the right understanding of Jesus Christ – “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
The title to this blog poses a similar question relative to JBC or more fully expressed – Jeffersontown Bible Church. Who Are We? I would hope that our church family could give a relatively clear response to the question. But, most people do not know who we are and for that matter who most Bible Churches are. There are varieties of Bible Churches but we are in a unique and very identifiable group of churches. Let me unpack who we are by unpacking our name and the fellowship of churches to which we belong.
We are the Jeffersontown Bible Church affiliated with the IFCA International. I will briefly explain each component of our name and affiliation.
Jeffersontown, we are located in Jeffersontown, KY and our first focus on worship, fellowship and service is in the Louisville metro area.
Bible, we are drawn together around the Bible and believe it to be the inerrant, infallible and authoritative written Word of God. We are committed to the exposition of the whole counsel of God’s Word. Our extensive doctrinal statement provides a framework for understanding what we mean by the whole counsel of God.
Church, we are an assembly of believers in Jesus Christ. We believe His testimony about Himself that He indeed is the Christ the Son of the Living God. He is one of the three persons who comprise the triune Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
IFCA International stands for Independent Fundamental Churches of America with international connections in ministry and fellowship.
JBC is an independent church. That simply means that there is no authority above or in addition to the authority vested in the local assembly other than Jesus Christ who is the Head of the Church, the Body of Christ.
JBC is a fundamental church. Fundamental carries a negative connotation for many today especially when it is linked to any kind of religious organization. However, we are fundamental in the sense that we believe in the fundamentals of the Christian faith.
JBC is affiliated and with a group of fundamental churches located across the USA. There are currently 590 local independent churches who are affiliated with IFCA International. This affords us opportunity to have fellowship and ministry opportunities with other local assemblies with very similar beliefs and practices. It also enables us to join together to further Bible Church ministry through the organizational structure of the IFCA International. Jeffersontown Bible Church is a relatively new church that is supported by other Bible Churches and individuals who are committed to Bible Church ministry and priorities.
There is a great, great need for the churches in America, generally speaking, to return to a clear commitment to and articulation of the whole counsel of God. Bible churches affiliated with IFCA International are at the forefront of proclaiming Christ in order to make Him known along with the only book God has ever written – the Bible.
This is who we are, Jeffersontown Bible Church an independent church affiliated with IFCA International a fellowship of independent churches committed to Bible Church ministry.