The Christian life is one of community and fellowship. Fellowship with God and fellowship with Christians. No one is expected to go at it alone, and here at First Family Church, we don't want you to. When the Triune God saves a person, we are united to Christ through faith and we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). A major part of that blessing is that we become his spiritual body (Ephesians 2:22), which is the church (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12). Therefore, we support one another and we love one another. We rejoice with those who rejoice, we weep with those who weep. We are not members of some club - but we are a family (Matthew 12:49-50) that holds each other accountable, worships God, and serves together, all for the glory of God (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5-10).
Membership exists on two levels - the church as a whole (as in all of those who have been born again and will be born again all across the world), and then also in a much smaller context - at the local level. The covenant membership (or simply church membership) that we are talking about here is membership on the local level - with a specific local church - in this case, First Family Church. In a way, it is a picture of the greater reality which unites a believer in membership with all those who believe all across the world. You don't have to enter into covenant membership here at First Family Church in order to worship God with us, but we believe it is an important aspect of our walk with Christ and is what God desires for us to do (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:6-8; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Timothy 5:17). We also strive to practice "meaningful membership" - meaning that there is intentional accountablity between the member and the rest of the church.
To learn more about what it means to be a Christian, and especially a Covenant Member here at First Family Church, please do signup to attend this class on a Sunday morning. A sign up sheet will be available in the bulletin when we have class scheduled.
When: (pending sign ups) April 25th: 12:30 - 3:30 - Lunch will be provided.