FCC's Band of Brothers started out as FCC's Men of Integrity which was established November 4, 2000. The leadership observed and appointed by Pastor Ken Pritchard ,ARE Herb Parsons, Daniel Bain, and Guy Forsberg. The ministry is led by a group of men who desire to direct all the focus and glory on Jesus Christ our Lord and King. We agree with the words of Paul, "We don't go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us." (2 Cor. 4:5) So our names are not important. We want all the focus to be centered on one name - Jesus Christ! That being said, we also are not trying to hide.
This is the goal of the Band of Brothers' ministry - to cast a vision to our tired and warn out generation of men and to challenge them to engage in the noble purpose for which we were created. We want to motivate and inspire men by echoing the call of Christ to be willing to give up everything for Him - no matter the cost. For we do not want to miss out on a noble mission and legacy that will echo throughout eternity!
The term "we happy few" has much Biblical symbolism to describe those who consider the cost and then choose to make a decision to follow Christ. The apostle Paul talks about one of the real rewards and benefits of learning to live a life of a true disciple of Christ: "Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little." (Phil. 4:11 NLT) But after weighing the costs, few will say "yes" to the call to be a disciple: “The gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Math. 7:14 NLT)
Jesus also says, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.” (Math. 9:37 NLT). We believe God is raising up an army of His true disciples - the "few" who have answered the call to engage with our King "no matter the cost." Are you one of the happy few who will answer the call and say "Yes!" to the call of Jesus? The Band of Brothers have made the decision to fight for a truly noble cause - the cause of Christ. And we understand that such a battle cannot be fought alone - we need other brothers in our foxholes!
We have partnerd with Band of Brothers' in raising up a Band of Brothers. Fully devoted men are needed to lead our families, our communities, and the church during these most important days - maybe the last days ....!
Our Purpose is to offer the brotherhood of Christ to men fighting to move from success to meaning, addictions to freedom, and self-orientation to God's priorities.
Key Scriptures: "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.... Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!" (2 Cor. 4:8-17 NLT)
"We don't go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us." (2 Cor. 4:5)
Band of Brothers' Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory at some time in the future.
- We believe we are saved by grace. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is necessary. We are a Spirit-led people, and trust in His work to transform and sanctify our lives. We believe that eternity is at stake and, therefore, we desire to share the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and we support the ministry of churches here and beyond
Covenant of The Band of Brothers
Covenant of The Band of Brothers
I will surrender my all to God - no matter the cost - so that I can become more like Jesus Christ - my brother and King. I will seek out a band of brothers, for whose lives and legacies I will fight, so that together we can fulfill our mission to know, love and glorify
God our Father.
"Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them." (Psalm 76:11)
The Covenant of the Band of Brothers as written above is only a suggestion of the type of prayer and commitment you can make with Christ your King to express your decision to be His disciple and brother. As you consider your own story, there may be other prayer/commitments that you desire to express to God. However, in order to become a brother and disciple of Christ, all prayers should include a covenant about one's desire for absolute surrender to God - no matter the cost. (see Luke 14:25-35, "don't begin until you count the cost... But no one can become my disciple without giving up everything for me.") Please don't take this "no matter the cost" commitment lightly. God will hold us to it - He will hold us accountable to our pledge to Him! There will be times when the cost and burden of such a covenant feels too much to bear. But it is a noble purpose for which you were uniquely created - and you do not want to miss out! Second, it is important to remember that we cannot fight the battles alone. Committing to unite with other "sold-out" disciples for Kingdom causes is essential to be victorious in the battles that we will face. Jesus modeled brotherhood by surrounding Himself with 12 other men. David had Jonathan, Moses had Aaron, Paul never traveled without a companion, and Jesus sent his disciples out in "pairs." So if you do not unite with other brothers in Christ - you will fail! For "all of us together are Christ body, and each one of us is a separate and necessary part of it... but no part is important on its own." (1 Cor. 12 Msg.)
Covenants and Monuments. God teaches us throughout Scripture to remember significant events and promises by making a monument. Jacob made a covenant with God that he would serve Him - be a true follower. As a reminder of this decision, Jacob anointed a pillar of stone as a monument. (see Gen. 31:13)
We learn much of this type of God-honoring commitment from the story of Joshua. (Joshua 24:14-28) Speaking to the people of Israel, Joshua said: "So honor the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly.... Serve the Lord alone. But if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve.... But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."
But the people answered Joshua saying, "No, we are determined to serve the Lord!"
"You are accountable for this decision," Joshua said. "You have chosen to serve the Lord."
"Yes," they replied, "we are accountable...." "We will serve the Lord our God. We will obey him alone."
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day..., committing them to a permanent and binding contract between themselves and the Lord.... As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the oak tree beside the Tabernacle of the Lord.
Joshua said to all the people, "This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us. It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God." Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.
The Band of Brothers' Ring Serves as a Monument of our Covenant with God.
Just like a wedding band symbolizes our commitment and vow to our spouse, the Band of Brothers' Ring can serve as a monument and reminder of one's prayer and covenant to be a brother and disciple of Christ - no matter the cost - and to battle for the lives and legacies of others. As God said to Jeremiah, "Remind the people ... about the terms of their covenant with me." (Jer. 11:2) When the battle gets bloody and the truth gets foggy - which it will - the Band of Brothers' Ring on our finger is used as a monument to remind us of times when God's truth, our purpose, and our desire to follow our King were certain. God says, "Bring my faithful people to me - those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices." (Psalm 50:5) And the greatest sacrifice we can make is to fully give our lives to him. "Make vows to the Lord your God, and fulfill them." (Psalm 76:11) (More on the Ring.)
The journey of Sanctification - becoming holy. Once the decision of surrender to our King is made, over time God will change our hearts and take us through the often-times painful and confusing (but good) journey of becoming more like Christ - becoming holy - a true disciple and saint - a person worthy of being called a brother of Christ.
This process of becoming more of a true brother of Christ is called sanctification. The good news is that if we surrender to God - "at all costs" - then God Himself will orchestrate our lives to achieve this goal - "He will do this!" And to have a "right relationship with God," which is the ultimate goal, we must "seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord." (Heb. 12:14) So if we want to know God and "see" Him more clearly, we must battle against sin and learn to obey our King. Yes, sin separates us from a pure and holy God. So God's desire is that we become holy as He is holy, then our "right relationship" with Him is not compromised and we can reside "with Him." And in the last battles, it will be necessary that our God be "with us" so that we can be victorious. So we need to accept unconditionally the God who will make us holy so that we can prevail and be overcomers. And "everyone who is victorious will eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God." (Rev. 2:7 NLT)
Of course this side of heaven we will never live in absolute purity, obedience, and surrender - that's why we always need the blood and grace of the cross of Jesus. Yet even when we fail our King, it helps to have a true north and reminder to lead us back in the good direction and noble purpose for which we are created. "We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going." (2 Cor. 4:9) When we can't get up by ourselves, we will depend on other brothers to pick us up, encourage us, and send us back into the battle!
Outside of our decision to receive the gift of salvation by believing in Jesus (see John 3:16), the covenant to surrender unconditionally to God is the most important decision we will ever make. And it is essential if we desire to live out our God anointed legacy - the glorious life for which we were created! Yes, even Jesus was willing to suffer in order to fulfill his legacy: "He was willing to die a shameful death of the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven." (Heb. 12:2) Likewise, the rewards for the decision to follow Him unconditionally are abundant in this life - and eternal! So you will not want to miss out: “For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb. She is permitted to wear the finest white linen. (Fine linen represents the good deeds done by the people of God.) Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” (Rev. 19:7-9)
We recommend printing out the covenant and prayer that you decide to make to God and put it in a prominent place as a constant reminder of your specific covenant with God. When the Band of Brothers' Ring is turned out on one's finger, facing the world, it serves as a symbol and monument of your allegiance to God and your covenant to be a disciple and brother of Christ - no matter the cost!