Who We Are (As Individuals)

At Fellowship Church, we believe there is a distinct difference but interdependence on how we live individually and how the body functions as a whole.  As a body, we have some pragmatic ways that we interact together as designed by Scripture for the common good of the church body.   As individuals, we have the distinct responsibility conveyed in Scripture of personally tending to our spiritual growth in our relationship with Christ. We must intentionally strive to be the people God wants us to be so we are equipped to do what He wants us to do. 

 

First and foremost, this begins with a personal commitment to God, which happens when the Holy Spirit at work in an individual helps him recognize his need for a Savior and the individual then calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Scripture supports a combination of both our choice  and God's calling in conjunction with one another.  Therefore, at Fellowship we believe all believers are predestined and elected by the foreknowledge of God.  Yet individuals must personally respond.  Upon confession and repentance, along with faith in Jesus Christ, an individual not only experiences salvation but becomes a part of Christ's Body.  Each individual then expresses their faith in a local body, like Fellowship Church.
 

     1John1:9; Ephesians 1:4-7; Romans 8:29,30; Romans 10:9

 

Salvation is just the beginning of life in Christ.  As people who has been saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone, we are now responsible to live life according to the Truth revealed in God’s Word.  Scripture is not only the foundation for salvation but is paramount for living a life of righteousness.  We seek to bring glory to God in this new life we now have and live in Christ.
 

Galatians 2:20; Romans 6

 

At Fellowship Church, we desire individual believers to be personally committed to God through:  growing in knowledge and understanding of Him, practicing spiritual disciplines, reflecting the attitudes of  Christ, and cultivating gifts and talents to minister to the church body.
 

 

Growing in the knowledge and understanding of God. 
 
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”  This was Paul's prayer for the church at Colossi and should be our desire as a church as well!  This is foundational to being the people God wants us to be.  We must be committed to understanding God and our need for Him.  As we grow in this, we will be compelled to live for Him and not ourselves. 
 

Colossians 1:9,10

 

Practicing spiritual disciplines of Bible study, prayer, submitting to the Holy Spirit, reflecting and representing God.
 
“Train yourselves for godliness..” (1 Tim. 4:7) “Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress...” (1Tim. 4:15)  To aid us in our knowledge and understanding of God, we must be practicing the spiritual disciplines in our own lives.  The church functions to aid us in our spiritual growth, but every believer must pursue God personally.  We should be spending time alone with God, studying His Word and praying.  We should be submitting to the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us as we study, pray and live.  We should live a life of obedience according to all that God commands in His Word.  Growing in knowledge and understanding without doing what the word commands us is worthless.  Our lives need to be transformed as we submit to the truth of the Word.  As we go through the normal activities of our lives, we should take every opportunity to reflect God to everyone with whom we come in contact.  We are a representation of Him, called to be ambassadors of the ministry of reconciliation.
 

      1 Corinthians 9:24; James 2:17; Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 5:20  

 

Reflecting the attitudes of Christ, described by the Bible as characteristic of those who follow after God. 
 
As believers, we are being sanctified, formed into the likeness of Christ.  Our progress is most clearly demonstrated in our attitudes and actions, or in other words, how we express our faith in love.  As indwelt by the Spirit of God, we will bear fruit.  We will have an attitude of humility (considering others) and service (using our spiritual gifts) reflecting the life lived by Christ.  His work in our lives and His love for mankind will be evident to all.
 

Galatians 5:6,22,23; Philemon 2

 

Cultivating whatever ministry God has put in your hearts and has gifted you to do.  
 
The Bible tells us that every believer is given spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ.  God arranges each person's gifts in the body as He chooses.  Each individual's gifts are appropriated by the Spirit according to His will.  We are all interdependent for the body to work as God has designed.  It is our responsibility to appropriate these gifts, in obedience to God, for the common good of the body of Christ.  Each member must do his part to identify his giftedness and to use it appropriately in the body to the glory of God! 

Romans12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:11,18; Romans 12:5,6

 

As we intentionally pursue being the individuals God wants us to be, we will come together as a local body that beautifully represents who He is and well reflects His love and truth.  We will be a healthy church body with each individual seeking to edify one another to the glory of God!

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