Instinctively, we know that we're not supposed to do life alone.
Our experiences as creatures made in the image of God is that we know and appreciate deep, interpersonal relationships.
The ancient Greeks had a name for it: KOINONIA.
It is where we get the word "fellowship."
Fellowship has sometimes been relegated to church pot-lucks and friendly banter before or after church. There's nothing wrong with that - but it doesn't satisfy our need to know and be known.
At Grace, we are committed to a Biblical vision of fellowship as the standard that God desires - not for religious infatuation, but because it is what we were created for.
God says in His Word: Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Cor. 12:27). We're designed on-purpose to "do life together". Shouldn't we be fulfilling that purpose?
1. n. a. The condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality.
b. The companionship of individuals in a congenial atmosphere and on equal terms.
2. A close association of friends or equals sharing similar interests.
3. Friendship; comradeship.
New to Grace?
Fantastic! Thanks for coming! Hey, could you do us a favor? We're always trying to improve the experience our guests have when they come to Grace - so if you don't mind, we'd love to hear from you! You can find an online survey here. You can tell us what we did bad, what we did great ... and drop some comments!
How do I join?
CLASS 101: Introduction to our Church Family. This is where most people have their first chance to learn about Grace and what it means to become part of our church family. Be sure and join us--see what all the excitement is all about! To sign up for the next CLASS 101: Membership, click here.
After completing the requirements for membership (Accepting Jesus Christ as Savior, being baptized, completing CLASS 101, and signing the Membership Covenant), people can join our church family. (Eph. 2:19) It is our joy to welcome new members into the Grace family.
If you have anymore questions, please feel free to contact Sean Lee, our Pastor of Membership either by phone (575-317-4658) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does Grace DO fellowship?
Since fellowship is all about relationships, only your imagination and time will restrict the kind of opportunities that you have to nourish true biblical fellowship at Grace. Authentic fellowship is a command (1 Peter 3:8-9), so we choose to be led by some values that are expressed in action:
First, we value cultivating friendships of blessing. Have you ever noticed how many "one-another" verses (ie: love one another, encourage one another, bear one another's burdens, etc.) there are in the Bible? There's a lot! And that means we have to be committed to developing authentic friendships where we can glorify God through our obedience to those commands. Small Encouraging Groups happen spontaneously every day and at all times; these are very personal and takes time to develop. We encourage spontaneous, fellowship-building-focused get-togethers as often as possible.
Second, we value experiencing community in small groups. This goes hand-in-hand with cultivating friendships, but it's more. We really believe that God shapes and transforms our character within the bonds of small groups. We're not a club. We're a family. Like any family, we'll learn to like each other, dislike each other, be comforted, get frustrated, receive peace, shed tears, share joys, and stay with each other, because we love each other - and that's what family does.
Third, we value the ministry of the Body of Christ. At Grace, we follow the Biblical mandate that Pastors shall equip the Church for Ministry, and letting the Church, filled and gifted by The Holy Spirit, to minister to each other. We believe this is God's plan - most glorifying to him, and most fulfilling for us! We're careful in its administration, but around here, we're proud of motto we ascribe to: "Every Member is a Minister".
To find out more about how you begin to connect
contact the Connection Pastor, Sean Lee, at 575.623.5438 X 106 or email@example.com
You can also visit Sean's blog for other information!