There are two simultaneous movements that happen when the Gospel finds its way to our hearts. We are reconciled to God through Christ and we are reconciled to everyone else who has been connected to God through Christ. A Christian is joined to Christ and to every Christian. Our conversion grants us membership into the universal body called the Church (with a capital “C”). But the New Testament anticipates that our universal membership into the body of Christ will find expression through membership in an actual local church (with a little “c”). Membership in the Church necessarily means membership in a church. (Click here for a good article on church membership by Mark Dever.)
Seven Mile Road will be maturing towards church membership in 2010. But in the meantime, we’re going to have a Core Group Phase now. This process will be much less rigorous and intense than official church membership. However, it will give us a chance to express our commitment to God, to each other, and what He is doing through Seven Mile Road. Practically, it will help us form a nucleus of folks who are committed to carrying this ministry. In a sense, this will be a baby step towards church membership next year.
If God is connecting you to Seven Mile Road Church in this season and you are finding your soul knitted together with God and with His people here, plan to be at our meeting on Sunday, November 15 at 3pm. We’ll flesh all this out more then and answer any questions you might have.
Eager and excited to lock arms with you for Jesus.