How We Live On Mission

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
  • The percentage of “Nones” – those who claim no religious affiliation – is rising each year. Lafayette has an increasing concentration of this demographic, as they are more prevalent in cities than in rural areas and suburbs.
  • The younger generations, who are flocking to Lafayette in droves, are particularly distrustful of institutions, and that includes the church. While they are generally open to discussing spiritual matters, research has shown they’re extremely unlikely to go to the church when seeking answers to their spiritual questions.
  • While many citizens exhibit a sleek and confident exterior, many of them wrestle with high levels of anxiety, depression, and chronic overwork.
  • The ballooning “Us vs. Them” mentality in the public square is driving our nation into greater division and fragmentation. Delphi is located near Purdue University in Lafayette, so its residents are in a crucial position to make a positive impact on these students’ futures.
  • Added to these cultural challenges is the profound spiritual lostness that is true of all people in any age and in any culture: Delphi citizens are dead in their sins (Ephesians 2:1–3), blinded by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4), and under the righteous wrath of God (Romans 1:18–32). They face eternal conscious punishment in hell for their rebellion and disobedience (Matthew 25:46), and the only remedy is the perfect righteousness, atoning death, and victorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21–262 Corinthians 5:211 Corinthians 15:20–22), freely given to all who turn from their sin and trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and hope of eternal life (Mark 1:15Acts 20:21Romans 10:9–10).

In light of these realities, it is clear that there exists a great need for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ in DelphiCarroll County, and the Lafayette metro. This gospel proclamation, the proclamation of an extraordinary salvation through Jesus Christ, takes place through ordinary means and ordinary people.


First Baptist Church‘s outreach is driven by the public preaching of the Word in our services and by the members of our church actively engaged in personal evangelism. We desire to equip and encourage each member to reflect the gospel in their home, workplace, school, and neighborhood. In fact, doing so is part of our Church Covenant (“to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances”). Each of us desires to be part of a church that will consistently and winsomely preach the gospel during Sunday services, live out the implications of the gospel throughout the week, and pray for the salvation of family and friends.

We strive to cultivate a culture of discipleship where the normal agenda and priority of each member is to make and mature followers of Jesus. As a small town church, we seek to know and care for the needs of our Delphi community. We are committed to provide a place of worship and spiritual instruction that is safe, attractive, and honoring to God as a light to the community. We seek to remove barriers to the gospel by creating environments of hospitality that welcome all people. We endeavor to develop real and meaningful relationships with the people that God, in his providence, has brought into our lives so that we might love them well and share the reason for our hope. We practice intentional evangelism as an act of love toward non-Christians, including children of our members, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone God places in our paths. We focus outward, cross boundaries, and step outside our comfort zones to share the gospel.

We also focus our efforts on taking the gospel to all peoples of the world. The goal of missions is the worldwide worship of Jesus Christ by his redeemed disciples from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. It is our privilege and responsibility to proclaim the gospel to all peoples. Thus, we seek, by God’s grace, to be a sending church. We desire to be sacrificial in the giving of our time, resources, and people for the good of the church of Jesus Christ around the world, and not simply for our own congregation. We prioritize sending and supporting laborers to unreached people groups as our missions strategy in obedience to Jesus. To do that, we seek gospel growth both at home and around the world.
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.” — John Piper