What we do:
- Our goal is to equip the saints at LBC with the knowledge of Christ by providing a quality collection of books, DVDs and CDs that offer God's message of love and inspiration for adults, youth and children.
ü This knowledge of Christ is needed for the effective ministry and spreading of the gospel of which we are not ashamed.
ü “The people who KNOW their God shall stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32). It is the knowledge of God that gives us the impetus of doing exploits for Him
ü “We were made to KNOW and treasure the glory of God above all things...” (Piper, 2004:15)
ü The knowledge of Christ gives us hope. 2Timothy 2:3 “I KNOW whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day; Job 19:25 I KNOW that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth
ü “In Christianity, behaviour follows knowledge; duty flows from doctrine; practice comes from precepts. Conduct results from content” (McManis, 2006: 183)
- Our activities:
ü Lending out books to members of the Church and other Church adherents
ü Acquiring new stocks of library materials and adding these to the library catalogue
ü Publicising the activities of the library to target groups of people.
ü Stimulate and encourage reading by members through book reviews, library bulletins, book clubs, etc.
ü To archive congregational historic materials.
ü Stock taking
ü Cataloguing and classifying library materials
- Why have a Church Library?
ü Paul wrote to Timothy, "When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all, the parchments." (2 Timothy 4:13). Paul had need of books, how much more the growing Christian of today needs the stimulus of books for reference, for Bible study, for inspiration in Christian living!
ü Spurgeon wrote of Paul, "He was inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching for thirty years, and yet he wants books! He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He has a wider experience than most men do, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up into the very heaven, and had heard things that it was not lawful for a man to utter, and yet he wants books! He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books!" (Barton: 100 Great Texts and Their Treatment, p. 111.)
ü The church library is a teaching tool, important to study for the individual, the class, and the congregation. The library supports the mission of the church as well as the growth of individual members' faith. The Christian, in his study of the Bible, needs the information, discoveries, examples and distilled ideas found in books.
ü The purpose of the library is to provide a wide variety of materials for use by members of the congregation to help in nurturing personal growth in faith and understanding of Christian life. Items selected for this collection will generally reflect our denomination’s doctrines and perspectives and provide specialized resources not usually found in public libraries.