Thursday, January 15, 2015

B.E.L.O.N.G. Part 1

believe, belong, become

Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian. Ephesians 2:19 (TLB)
Being a Christian isn’t just about BELIEVING it is also about BELONGING to a church family. The word “B.E.L.O.N.G.” lends itself to being used as a strategic tool for understanding what it means to be a member of a church family.  
BECOME a believer and follower of Jesus Christ through salvation and expressed through the ordinances of baptism and communion.
For us at Celebration Community Church, the first part of helping people belong and is to help them take their first steps in their commitment to follow Christ and be baptized. We teach this this through our CONNECTIONS Class which provides spiritual growth resources for new and re-committed believers. This 90 minute class also provides opportunities for new folks at C3 to get acquainted with other believers.  
EMBRACE a life of purpose through the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).These scriptures are at the core of who we are at C3.   
LIVE life together in the context of a small group. This is another core value for us. Clearly, a large part of belonging to a local church is building strong, healthy relationships with others within the Body of Christ. At Celebration, we clearly express our expectation that every member will be committed to being in a healthy small group.
This Saturday January 17th at 10am we are holding our next Connections Class. If you have now yet taken it I want to encourage you to contact to RSVP. Refreshments will be served and child care is available upon request.
Tomorrow in this blog we will conclude what it means to B.E.L.O.N.G.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,

This Saturday 7:30aM
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C3’s Membership Class This Saturday 10am
Refreshments served /Childcare upon request

Memorize it. Meditate on it. Mark it on the wall of the service you attend.

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