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We exist for God’s glory and our joy through
GOSPEL-CENTERED WORSHIP, COMMUNITY,
SERVICE & MULTIPLICATION.

What is the Gospel?

In short, the Gospel is the story of God’s plan to save sinners. Throughout human history, God has been actively involved in revealing Himself as both righteous Judge and gracious Savior. The story of God’s redeeming work may be best understood if we begin with creation and work our way towards Jesus. In fact, it is a good rule of thumb to always be in pursuit of Jesus.  
 
Read more at “What is the Gospel?
 
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WORSHIP
 
What is Gospel-centered Worship?
 
Worship begins with revelation. The God of the universe makes Himself known through revelation and humanity is made to respond to such a display with adoration, gratitude, humility, praise, celebration, and wonder. Because humans are naturally sinful, an essential aspect of Worship is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Gospel-centered Worship includes a human response to the revelation of God as He makes Himself known through Jesus Christ as the Savior of sinners.
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What is Gospel-centered Community?
 
Community in creation, especially in humanity, reflects the nature of God Himself. God is triune; He is Father, Son, and Spirit. As such, God is communal and relational, and humanity is meant to reflect this essential aspect of God’s own nature. While each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is neither private nor separate from other Christians. In fact, the Christian journey and its destination are always meant to be understood in the context of community with others.
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What is Gospel-centered Service?
 
Serving others without any expectation of receiving anything in return has been a hallmark of Christian lives over the last several centuries.  Self-sacrifice and costly service was embodied in no one more than Jesus Christ.  God the Son set aside the riches of His glory and took upon Himself the poverty of sinful man in order to rescue sinners from their hopeless condition of slavery to sin and death.  Christians, therefore, serve willingly and cheerfully because they have been served by Jesus Christ.
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MULTIPLICATION
 
What is gospel-centered multiplication?
  
Churches were never meant to be holding tanks for Christians. Rather, it is the role of every Christian and every church to make disciples of all peoples (Matt. 28:18-20). Our disciple-making efforts are not limited to FBC Diana. In fact, we understand that every Gospel-centered disciple-making effort across the globe is something to which we are inherently linked. Gospel-centered Multiplication is our effort to multiply disciples and disciple makers across the street and around the world. This includes support for church planting, short-term missions involvement and support, and long-term missions involvement and support.
 

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us…

Ephesians 1:7 

LEADERSHIP TEAM

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Marc – Lead Pastor

 

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David  – Youth Director
Kathy - website
Kathy – Admin Assistant
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What should I expect on Sunday morning at FBC Diana?

Parking is easy to find, and there are entrances to the auditorium from both parking areas. There are people waiting to assist you in finding whatever you need.
 
The atmosphere at FBC Diana is casual and welcoming. Some people come formally dressed and others dress comfortably. There is a wide range of generations represented, so we also have a mix of musical style and hymnody.
 
You should also expect a warm greeting. The people here are friendly and always glad to meet a guest.
 
Please feel free to connect with FBC Diana as deeply as you’d like and at the pace that is comfortable to you. Learn more about connecting with FBC Diana in our Connect section below. 

CONNECT

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MUSIC

Gospel-centered Worship is our aim, and we enjoy a mixture of musical styles and presentations.  Our focus and intent is that our musical worship is biblically grounded, Christ-centered, and God glorifying.  We are glad to have skilled and passionate church members lead and participate in our music ministry.  In partnership with LETU Worship Arts Department, FBC Diana also enjoys the musical and liturgical expertise of LETU faculty and students.

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Gospel-centered Community is one of the primary goals of membership in a local church.  Smaller groups provide the social setting in which people may engage in deeper and more meaningful relationships.  Life Groups are organized by age-group and life-stage similarities.  You are sure to find a group that will welcome you, and participation in a Life Group is vital to the spiritual health of both our individual members and our larger church body.  Check our Events Calendar for more information.

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PRAYER

FBC Diana is BIG on Prayer. We seek to glorify God and passionately plea for His will to be accomplished.  Learn more about Prayer by investigating the topic here (An Introduction to Prayer), by attending our Wednesday nigh Prayer gathering, and by praying with us.  We are concentrating our attention to pray for local interests, our church’s domestic partnerships, and international relations.  No massive move of God has ever come without having been preceded by passionate prayer.

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STUDENTS
 
FBC Diana’s Youth ministry is devoted to discipling students from 6th to 12th grade. Jr. High and High School students are given age-specific time and instruction. We are glad to say that parents play a large role in this area of ministry. Weekly classes, groups and activities are all part of our strategy to provide Gospel-centered Community among our teens.
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At FBC Diana we place a high value on Children and a very strong emphasis on family discipleship. The role of a local church is to equip and support each family in daily, diligent discipleship. Our church provides Children’s classes, the AWANA program, and Parent Round-Table discussions. We also encourage families to worship together in our Sunday morning worship services.
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SERVE
 
FBC Diana is motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to serve others. This means that service is offered and given without any expectation of repayment. There are numerous ways that members of FBC Diana serve others for the sake of the Gospel, and you are strongly encouraged to get involved. For more information, see our Events Calendar and contact KathyFord@FBCDiana.org.
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MEMBERSHIP
 
While there is no such thing as a perfect Christian, every Christian strives towards a life of holiness and obedience to God. Gospel-centered Community is the place where sinners may live out the implications of the Gospel healthily and productively. We host Membership Classes several times each year to explore the meaning, value, and expectations of church membership. Register for the upcoming class on our Events Calendar.
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DISCIPLESHIP
 
There is no shortcut or fast-track to spiritual maturity, nor is there any such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” program that creates spiritual growth. Instead, discipleship occurs when a small group of Christians get together and live life alongside one another. Every member of FBC Diana is encouraged to be a disciple and a disciple maker.  For more information on discipleship, and to connect in this kind of relationship, contact Pastor@FBCDiana.org
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Jesus Christ said that authority would be given to those who were trustworthy, and that authority was something to be embraced with a servant’s heart. As a congregation governed church, member involvement in various committees and teams at FBC Diana is vital to the continuation of ministry. For more information or to inquire about serving in a leadership role, please contact KathyFord@FBCDiana.org.
 

SERMON PODCAST

Sep 25, 2016
Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
What is manhood? What is womanhood? These questions are controversial in our day for multiple reasons, but at the outset we must be prepared to confront the reality that terms like “man” and “woman” are themselves becoming controversial. We shall explore the ultimate cause of gender confusion and look to the Scriptures for answers to some of the most important and applicable questions we will ask in our lifetimes. In this message we explore questions like, "What is a man?" "What is a woman?" and "How shall we live as Christ-following men and women in a culture that finds the gender binary almost as offensive as the exclusivity of the Gospel message itself?"
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  • Sep 25, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    Sep 25, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Dysphoric Life Under the Curse of Sin
    What is manhood? What is womanhood? These questions are controversial in our day for multiple reasons, but at the outset we must be prepared to confront the reality that terms like “man” and “woman” are themselves becoming controversial. We shall explore the ultimate cause of gender confusion and look to the Scriptures for answers to some of the most important and applicable questions we will ask in our lifetimes. In this message we explore questions like, "What is a man?" "What is a woman?" and "How shall we live as Christ-following men and women in a culture that finds the gender binary almost as offensive as the exclusivity of the Gospel message itself?"
  • Sep 18, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    Sep 18, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Leaving Darkness Without Shame
    People have always tried to deal with shame. We distract ourselves, we medicate ourselves, we seek sometimes to punish ourselves, and we even try to hide ourselves. Feelings of shame and guilt are as common today as they have ever been, and those who are willing to take an honest look at themselves will most certainly be confronted by shame. There is both good news and bad news in the Scripture for us. May God enable us to leave darkness without shame today.
  • Sep 11, 2016Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Sep 11, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | Distorted Affections
    Nearly everyone understands that they are not as they should be. Many self-help tips and “new” systems are offered as a way to remake ourselves, peddling hope based on personal efforts and actions. However, the Bible cuts right through all of this noise, and tells us something we do not want to hear. We are broken. We are ever so much more broken than we even realize. In today’s American culture, there is much time and talk given to indulging in “natural” desires. But God’s Word speaks a different report. Our desires may be natural to us, unconsciously arising from within, but this does not mean those desires are not distorted affections. In this message, we will seek to understand what Jesus has said on this matter and how He has promised to reorient our distorted affections.
  • Sep 4, 2016Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Sep 4, 2016
    Gender & Sexuality | What does the Bible really teach about Homosexuality?
    Our culture has experienced a sexual revolution. Of course, homosexuality is not the first or only part of that revolution, but it is a major part of it today. Christians who think that they can simply avoid this subject are foolish. Also foolish are those Christians who try to speak about this subject without first thinking long and hard about what is biblically faithful. Therefore, we are addressing a subject that is of great concern to our culture generally and to our church family specifically. Our aim to think biblically, speak thoughtfully, and act graciously.
  • Aug 28, 2016Genesis | A People From A Man
    Aug 28, 2016
    Genesis | A People From A Man
    A mass of humanity is represented in Jacob, and he is truly the father of a nation. Many individuals became a notable people, and they all may trace their origin to this man. Like Jacob, Adam is also a man from whom a people have emerged. Humanity owes its origin to this one man. Adam, however, is not usually viewed in positive light, because his representation of humanity was the quintessential bad representation. And yet, there was a “second Adam” who represented humanity well. Jesus Christ is the better representative, and He too creates a people for Himself. Those who love and trust in Christ, are a people from a man, and we shall consider the depths of this profound reality in this message.
  • Aug 21, 2016Wisdom Begins With Respect
    Aug 21, 2016
    Wisdom Begins With Respect
    The average person is unlikely to say that they do not want to be wise, but the average person is also unlikely to do anything in pursuit of real wisdom. This contradiction provides the very evidence of lacking wisdom among many people today. There are many intelligent and many experienced people around us, but we are often amazed when we encounter someone with wisdom. What is wisdom? Do some people just have it, while others don’t? How can we improve our own level of wisdom? And, where does the Gospel fit into all of this? These are the questions we seek to answer in this message from the opening verses of Proverbs. 
  • Aug 14, 2016Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Aug 14, 2016
    Genesis | God’s Prevailing Promise
    Isaac, like Abraham, was blessed by God. Isaac’s son, Jacob, also enjoyed the blessing of God. However, when we read the account of the “life and times” of these men, we do not see picturesque examples of godliness and fidelity. Instead, we see the same expressions of sinful human nature that we observe in all people everywhere. In such a display, we are reminded of what it really means that God is gracious. God’s gracious blessing is based on (you guessed it) grace. In this message we will look at the dysfunction of sinful humanity and the grace by which God blesses sinners. 
  • Jul 31, 2016Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    Jul 31, 2016
    Genesis | The Lord Keeps His Promises
    In our day, it is very common for adults to admit high levels of anxiety and depression. Such things are complicated topics, but at the core of both is the experience and/or anticipation of unmet expectations. The Bible is not silent about expectations, and God is repeatedly affirmed as superbly faithful. In fact, Abraham was blessed by God beyond measure, and God’s faithfulness was on display time after time in Abraham’s life. In this message we will look at a specific time when God’s faithfulness took center stage, and we will consider the implications of God’s promises and His fidelity for us today.
  • Jul 24, 2016Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    Jul 24, 2016
    Genesis | Rescue from the City of Destruction
    The events surrounding the destruction of great ancient cities are fascinating and sobering. Sodom and Gomorrah are notorious cities, and even non-Christians know something of the biblical storyline. However, the big picture does not focus on what the distracted reader might think. In fact, it may surprise you that this is a story of God’s gracious ability to save in the midst of awful judgment. In this message, we will look at the way the whole Bible understands the account of Sodom and Gomorrah, and we will hear a message of both warning and rescue.
  • Jul 17, 2016Joe Hamper
    Jul 17, 2016
    Joe Hamper
    Joe Hamper
SERVICE TIMES
Sunday Services:
9:00AM: Life Groups : Bible Study for All Ages
10:15AM: Worship Service
5:00PM: AWANA : Children’s Program
5:00PM: Youth Home Invasion
Wednesday Nights:
5:30PM: Supper
6:30PM: Adult Prayer Meeting
6:30PM: Youth Group : Games, Music, & Study
6:30PM: JAMKidz : Children’s Choir
 
 
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