I do hope both church members and non-members are reading the Membership Matters articles I’ve been producing each month. I can ask no more than that you prayerfully consider them, however, I can’t ask less – you ought to prayerfully consider them! The result I hope is that at least some who regularly attend our services will see the duty of church membership.
There are others of course who ought not to be considering church membership at this point. The first requirement of church members is that they are born-again believing Christians who by God’s grace in Christ have been forgiven and given new spiritual life. I would hate a timely emphasis on church membership to divert anybody from the far more important question of whether they are now at peace with God and can truly speak to him as Father. If you are unsure of where you stand with God please do take time to speak to me or with someone else you know to be truly converted because there is always guidance and help that could be given.
When you are responsible for the teaching/preaching ministry at a church there are always decisions to be made. On Sunday nights we are nearing the end of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, do pray for wisdom for me as to what comes next. I will probably only begin a new series following the ministry over Christmas but as always, I need wisdom and help.
Our last members’ meeting agreed that a daytime midweek house-group will be commenced in the New Year. If you are interested, do have a word to me or ask Margaret to take note that I need to talk to you in the near future. I want to nurture fellowship and enable real growth in Christian understanding and usefulness and believe this will meet a real need within the fellowship.
Do pray for me while I am in Argentina – Margaret has prepared a prayer-letter.