A Letter from the Pastor

The world desperately needs men and women who are serious about their discipleship, grounded in their faith, and prepared to share the gospel. I take the Great Commission of Jesus Christ very seriously. Churches are called to make disciples who make disciples, and this requires teaching the whole counsel of God.

When I first felt the call to vocational Christian ministry, pastoring was the last thing on my mind. My plan was to finish my undergraduate degree as quickly as possible, attend seminary full-time for my M.Div., pursue a PhD, and then enter the world of the Christian academy by teaching in a college or seminary setting.

But God radically changed my heart one summer when I was asked to fill the pulpit at my home church of First Baptist, Mont Belvieu. The church was without a pastor, so I spent three months preaching, leading prayer meetings, and shepherding God’s people as best I knew how. It was the summer before my senior year of college, and at the time I had no formal ministry training or education. Two passions were birthed within me.

A passion for the church.

God gave me a love for His church. The church is Christ’s bride, His body. How could I not cherish that for which Jesus gave His life? Though I’d grown up in a local church, the Lord gave me a vision of what the community of believers could be, how their love for one another could stun the world, and how their message of reconciliation to God through Christ is the only hope for all mankind.

I’ve committed my life to serving local churches because the church is God’s plan for the proclamation of the gospel. The vision of Mont Belvieu Bible Institute is to extend the ministry of Mont Belvieu’s First Baptist Church so that believers from many churches can be strengthened, encouraged, challenged, and equipped to carry out the calling of our Lord to take his name and fame to the ends of the earth.

A passion for disciples.

A second passion God planted in my heart was the building up and strengthening of individual believers. Having pastored for a time without having formal ministry preparation, I have come to value highly the work of Bible colleges and seminaries. My original vision for ministry has been modified so that I now desire to teach in a church-based setting that cultivates in every believer a deep love for the church of Jesus Christ, a love rooted in the amazing truths of the Bible.

Join us.

Join in the work of Mont Belvieu Bible Institute. Register for a class. Invest in our vision. Strengthen the churches. Watch the Word of God call the nations to have joy in Him. We are committed to teaching God’s word to believers, to growing local churches, and to taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

 

To God be the glory!

Jake Porter
Senior Pastor