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Introduction - The IPC Membership Circle
The church is a covenant community made up of those who promise to love and serve God and commit to caring for one another. Membership in a particular congregation is an opportunity to publicly associate oneself with the universal church of Jesus Christ and to become involved personally and corporately in the ministry and mission of His church.
Our Christian Privileges
- an intimate relationship with God: direct access to the Father without needing a mediator or priest
- an assured relationship with God: more than a mere feeling, our salvation is eternal and sure (as attested to in Romans 8)
- to be a full member of God's universal family of believers around the world
- to worship and serve in a local congregation.
Our Christian Duties
- to grow in maturity:
- in knowledge and wisdom (head & heart)
- in judgment and behaviour
- to grow in holiness, to be more like Christ
Our Duty to God
- to obey Him and remain in a close relationship with Him through Bible study, worship, prayer, fellowship, and service
- to love Him and love others as He loves us.
Our Duty to the Church
- to participate in the full life of the congregation (as opposed to private individualism)
- to support the church with our time, talent, energy, and resources (financial and otherwise)
- to pray
- to serve
- to love
- to witness to the truth of the Gospel
In summary, what Christ did for the world (us) is what we are now called to do in His name for others.
"I am the vine, you are the branches."
"As I have loved you, so you are to love one another."
Choose your church based on these two criteria:
The pastors: Are they submissive to the authority of Scripture? Do they preach/teach/model biblical truth?
The congregation: Are they striving to be a fellowship of believers who love Christ, love one another, and love the world?