The Bible’s mandate for churches is to establish new churches and strengthen existing ones. In complementary distinction, the biblical priority for individuals is to evangelize the lost and show compassion to the needy and hurting. To that end, FBC holds that both church planting (aka missions) and compassion ministry are priorities for our body. Church planting is to be done mainly by the corporate church working together, and compassions work is to be accomplished primarily by individuals as they see needs each day.
At FBC, we strive to support both. We plant and strengthen churches, and we help our people live with compassion among the hurting. As Christians in the richest country in the world, we have no other choice. We MUST live compassionately, both locally and abroad.
There are MANY opportunities for Christians to seek the welfare and betterment of others, while displaying and declaring the love of Christ. Below are a few of the mercy ministries in which we’re involved with and support.
Here is one of the many opportunities for you to seek:
28870 Pujol Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Volunteer Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am – 12:00pm.
Volunteers are needed for food distribution, stacking, and arranging food as well as administrative work.
The mission of Search and Rescue is to equip Christians to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers in our community, workplace, neighborhood and family. We have a desire to fulfill the Great Commission by preaching the gospel and making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). As Christians, we should be passionate about the glory of God. If we sincerely desire to follow Him, we should be moved with compassion to reach the lost. All believers in our church should be equipped to share their faith simply, effectively and biblically. The work of evangelism is challenging, but it can be accomplished by God through us, by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
As a ministry, we believe:
- That the chief end of every ministry and evangelistic work is the Glory of God.
- That our mission is to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to every person we come across in our local community, workplace, neighborhood and families by fulfilling the Great Commission of preaching the gospel and making disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)
- That as Christians, we should be passionate about the glory of God and if we sincerely desire to follow Him, we should be moved with compassion and a sense of urgency to reach out to the lost who have not heard the gospel. We all realize that we live in a dying world in desperate need of a Savior in our Lord Jesus Christ. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)
- That ALL of us are called and commanded to preach the Gospel to all the world (Mark 16:15). Next to loving God, this should be our ultimate obsession because there is no greater act of showing our love and concern for others than by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ as the power of God for salvation to those who believe (Romans 1:16)
- That such work of evangelism can only be accomplished by God, through Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
- That all believers in our local church should be equipped how to share their faith simply, effectively and biblically so we can preach the word and be ready in season and out of season to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with great patience and instruction (2 Timothy 4:2)
E4L Evangelism Training:
Evangelism and Apologetics Equipping For Life Classes are held at FBC at various times throughout the year. For more information, watch the weekly bulletin or contact Eddie Roman.
Personal Evangelism Discipleship:
Search and Rescue practices evangelism at many local and not-so-local locations throughout the year, including house to house, the Temecula Mall, MSJC Campus, Oceanside, Mission Inn’s Festival of Lights and various seasonal public events. If you would like to join us to observe or participate, contact Eddie Roman.
ICE CREAM TRUCK MINISTRY
In the Spring of 2017 Faith Bible Church launched a brand new ministry/evangelism tool, the Ice Cream Truck. The idea behind this came first from our friends at Compass Bible Church in Huntington Beach. They have had an ice cream truck for a few years and our leadership thought that it was a great outreach tool. The ice cream truck allows us to tell people about our church and ultimately bring the Gospel to others.
As one of our deacons, Greg Baird, said in a recent interview by Air1 “If you try to stop people on the street to talk about God, at least in our area, some might stop. If you have an ice cream truck, a lot more are going to stop. It’s a great conversation starter. Some people say they don’t like cold evangelism. We love it, it doesn’t get any colder than the ice cream truck.”
Why we have an ice cream truck:
We do lots of good works in the name of Christ, not to earn our salvation, but as a result of salvation. The ice cream ministry is a good work; it’s showing kindness to our neighbors; it’s a way to step out of our comfort zone and meet the people around us who need more than anything else in life, to know God. If we can help facilitate a meeting between our neighbors and God, we’re all for it. The truck is just another thing we use to reach out to the people around us.
Where can you find the ice cream truck:
Our church is on the border of Murrieta and Temecula and we are there a lot. We are in the process of building a new facility in Wildomar near Clinton Keith and the 15 fwy, we’ve been going into that area more. We also serve Menifee, as we have a church plant in Menifee. We find local events events like Movies in the Park, City Celebrations, and Independence Day Parades. We will go to some schools and support some Christian clubs where we have FBC students on campus.
What kind of ice cream we have:
We have ice cream bars and sandwiches, fruit bars, and kid friendly comic pops. We also carry ice cold water bottles for parents and others who may not want the calories of an ice cream. We have about 20 varieties and we try to keep all them all in stock. So in our first two years of ministry we have given out about 12,000 ice cream and who knows how many water bottles.
Why ice cream, why not some other food?:
Everyone loves ice cream. Even people who are lactose intolerant want it, so we have dairy free fruit bars. Nobody listens for the pizza truck or the hot dog truck, but when they hear the ice cream truck coming, people lose their minds! Ice cream is like instant happiness.
Our goal with the ice cream truck is that the Gospel would be proclaimed. We don’t have a dramatic story to tell of someone whose life was dramatically changed by the ice cream truck, but lives have definitely been impacted by the the Ice Cream Truck Ministry. The truck brings a new level of attention to our church and our ability to get into conversations with the unchurched. We have had many people attend our church services after receiving ice cream and an invitation. We always teach biblical truth including the gospel at every service. The Word of God does not return void so we are confident that lives have been impacted one way or another. Our desire as a church is to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. So starting with Jerusalem, we would like to eventually cover every neighborhood in our Valley with a stop by the Ice Cream Truck.