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Belong before you believe, or believe before you belong?

Some of our leaders recently visited a local church holding a seminar on how to welcome new visitors. The practical advice and suggestions were all very helpful, but there was a phrase that caught our attention. 391 more words

Church Membership

What is Church Membership? Part 1

Over the next six months in our Family Meetings at Grace, we will be following the outline of Thom Rainer’s I Am a Church Member. We want to discover, or rediscover, what it means to be a healthy part of a healthy local church because, in a wretched world, it’s easy to forget or lose sight of who we are in Christ. 891 more words

Three Things Church Membership Means

Writing to perhaps the most troubled of the New Testament churches, Paul said: “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 1,044 more words

Pastoring

Should retiring ministers move on when they step down?

There is a standard convention that retiring ministers should leave the church they pastor at the end of their tenure. There is a broad consensus that outgoing ministers should go and worship somewhere else. 1,042 more words

Encouragements from a visit to a former member

Yesterday, I went on a jolly to Newcastle. I went to see one of our former Iranian members and see how he was getting on since he moved. 964 more words

An Argument for Confessional Church Membership

What is Confessional Church Membership?
By “confessional church membership” I mean church membership in which all of the members hold to a common confession of faith. 4,377 more words

Baptism of Children, part 2

From the Baptist perspective, we should baptize believers of any age upon a credible profession of faith. The emphasis in these posts is that we should not put a minimum age on baptismal candidates. 487 more words

Covenant Theology