November 2019 Fireside Chat
January 13, 2020
First Family sees membership as the public recognition of and identification with the responsibilities that accompany belonging to the body of Christ.
We’ve made some important changes to membership in 2020. Our desire is to make membership more meaningful. We’re asking every person who calls FFC home to update their membership status. If you’re currently a member, we’re asking you to affirm your membership. Just click the Membership Affirmation link below and fill it out. If you’re not currently a member, we’re asking you to become a member in 2020. You can sign up for the next two-week Membership Class below.
For more info on First Family membership changes, listen to the Fireside Chat with the elders from November 2019.
Membership is a gift and a responsibility. When God saved me by His grace, I was placed into His body universally and spiritually, and Jesus is the head of the body. I am now humbled and honored to love and serve the Head and the body, and will not take my membership in this specific, local body for granted. It is with gratitude that I embrace both my universal and local membership in the body of Christ afforded to me through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus on my behalf. (Acts 2:47b; 1 Cor 12:27)
Because I am a member of the body of Christ, I will strive to be a healthy, growing, functioning member. I will gather for worship. I will identify in baptism. I will participate in discipleship. I will pray. I will give. I will evangelize. I will study. I will serve. I will seek to be a blessing to others. I will follow our church’s leadership, not blindly, but still boldly, knowing that I am called to submit to those who watch over my soul. I will submit to Church discipline when I am living contrary to the Word of God, because it is an act of love that has repentance and restoration as its end. This is my privilege- to grow up into Christ in every way. (Acts 2:42-47a; Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor 6:1-4; Gal. 6:1-3; Matt. 18:15-17)
I will seek to be a source of unity in my church. I know there are no perfect pastors, elders,deacons, staff, or other church members. And neither am I. I will not be a source of gossip,dissension, or division. One of the greatest contributions I can make is to do all I can in God’spower to work towards unity for the sake of the gospel. After all, our mission is more importantthan my preferences. Unity will matter to me. I will seek to consider the needs of others assignificant as my own, will clothe myself in humility, and will strive together with one mind inone accord to make disciples of all nations. (Acts 2:44; Acts 4:32; Phil. 2:1-4; Eph. 4:1-6)
I have read and affirm the FFC Core Beliefs and will support them whenever I teach or lead others at FFC.