Community is crucial!
The apostle Paul powerfully pictures community when he describes believers as “…the body of Christ and individual members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Throughout this passage, Paul compares gathered believers to the human body. The believer is made for community not isolation. We do not have to walk through this world alone! Rather we experience life with all of our brothers and sisters as we each take up our role of ministering and loving together.
“When a person becomes a Christian, he doesn’t just join a local church because it’s a good habit for growing in spiritual maturity. He joins a local church because it’s an expression of what God has made him – a member of the body of Christ. Being united to Christ means being united to every Christian. But that universal union must be given a living, breathing existence in a local church.” – Mark Dever
Commitment is encouraged!
The author of Hebrews strongly encourages believers to “consider how to stir one another up to love and good works, not neglecting to meet as is the habit of some but all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). God’s people depend upon each other for encouragement in doing right. This gathering becomes even more important as time passes.
“Membership in a local church involves commitment to worship the Lord corporately, edifying brothers and sisters through mutual exhortation and service, cooperating in mission, and holding each other accountable to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord as a witness to the truth of Christ in the world.” – John Piper
If you are interested in membership, the next step is to attend CONNECTIONS. This is the place to start for newcomers or anyone interested in becoming connected to NHCC. In CONNECTIONS, we discuss our doctrine and philosophy. The class also provides ample opportunity to ask any questions you may have about NHCC.
Our next Connections class will begin on March 11, 2012. This class will be held during the 5:30 service in Room 104.
If you have any questions email Ryan Ferguson, Pastor of Community Connection.