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Welcoming Fellowship

engaged_neighbors shutterstock_342576671We are a people whose lives are turning outward. In His salvation, Jesus Christ heals us deeply, meets our needs, and fills us to overflowing (2Corinthians 9:12). He has made it so that we do not need to focus on our own problems. Instead He turns us toward the needs and lives of those around us (John 7:38). The non-church people in our lives—our neighbors, friends and coworkers—are going to find that we have room in our lives for them (Galatians 6:10). They will know our genuine care for their spiritual and material condition.

As a congregation, we will notice these new people in our Sunday services and activities. But it will not be because we merely invited them to church, or because they are attracted to a crowd, but because they are becoming disciples through us (Proverbs 12:26, 3:27-28). These people will not be people leaving other churches but will be new and returning disciples of Jesus Christ.