OUR PASTOR - Pastor David Janaro has a Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is pursuing certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and a Doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor David and his wife Cheryl have been married 15 years and have two boys, Micah and Josiah.
The vision of Fairfax First Baptist Church is to:
Love God Supremely, Love Others as Yourself, Share the Gospel of Jesus
Our vision is based on the Great Commission that our Lord Jesus gives every church, to “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,” (Mat. 28:19-20)
Therefore, our church exists to make disciples. A disciple is someone who follows Jesus as their Savior and Lord. According to Jesus, “making disciples” includes sharing the Gospel, baptizing, and teaching obedience to his commands. Our vision statement focuses on the three greatest commands of Jesus. Our church exists to make disciples who:
1. Love God Supremely. Jesus teaches that the greatest command is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” (Mat. 22:37). We want loving God to be the first priority of every activity and ministry of our church. We want to make disciples who love God supremely in every aspect of their life. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and so we believe that a church and a person who loves God supremely will want to live in accordance with biblical teaching in all they do.
2. Love Others as Yourself. Jesus identifies the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Mat. 22:39) as the second greatest commandment and similar to the first. We cannot love God supremely without loving others as ourselves. Our church loves others through prayer and various ministries that help with spiritual and physical needs.
3. Share the Gospel of Jesus. We love God supremely and others as ourselves when we share the Gospel of Jesus in word and deed. God is most glorified in the message of the Gospel, and people must hear the Gospel message in order to be saved (Rom. 10:14-15). Certainly loving others as ourselves includes sharing the best news we have ever heard, the message of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus. In addition, our deeds can often open doors of opportunity to present the Gospel message (Mat. 5:16). We are to represent Christ to others, and many may first come to know about Jesus and his love for them through our acts of love (2 Cor. 5:20).
We will seek the Lord’s help in growing as individuals and as a church family in each of these three areas through every activity of our church.
Discipleship Process Explanation
The vision of Fairfax First Baptist church focuses on making disciples who will “Love God
supremely, Love Others as Yourself, Share the Gospel of Jesus.” Our discipleship process shows
our plan for accomplishing this vision in four cyclical steps:
Invite the Community: People who do not have a church home include Christians who have
dropped out of church, people who have not yet believed in Jesus, people who are new to our
community, and even people who sometimes visit our church but are not coming regularly.
The number one thing we can do is invite them to come to church or a small group. The more
often we invite someone, the more likely they are to come. Once is rarely enough. Our
visitation teams go out to invite people we know are new to our area or may be interested in
our church. Other special events present an opportunity to invite people back who have come
before or who have expressed interest in coming. Every church member can help by praying for
members of the community who do not have a church home, personally inviting people to
church, and identifying people for our visitation teams to visit. Sunday School classes can invite
people as well. Please forward names and contact information of people you know in our
“community” that we can invite.
Connect to Small Groups: People do not feel connected to a church unless they build
relationships with others. Joining a small group makes you five times more likely to stay in a
church. In our church, small groups include Sunday School classes, special Bible studies during
the week, Young at Heart, WMU, Discipleship Training, Discipleship Groups, Wednesday night
prayer meeting, and children’s groups.
Small group leaders should work with other members of their group to invite people in the
congregation (and the community) to visit their group. Small groups connect people by building
relationships and learning about the personal lives of others. They may do things together
outside of church meetings. They seek to encourage one another to grow as disciples of Christ
in a personal way.
Equip the Connected: Once someone is connected to the church, they need to find a place (or
places) to serve others. We have six ministry teams in the church for people to join. Spiritual
growth requires serving others. Each church member should consider their gifts and passions
and find a place where they can serve. Sunday night services, discipleship groups, practices, and
special events are designed to equip church members for ministry.
Engage the Community: The discipleship process is ineffective if it is a dead end. We want to
make disciples who make disciples. Every Ministry Team has a role in engaging the community
in order to bring new people into the discipleship process.