Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. - Romans 12:3-5
our steps to Membership at fondren church
1. meet with a pastor
We ask people to enter into a covenant membership at the end of this process. We want you to know what all is expected and promised in this commitment. We want to get to know you, give you a chance to ask all your questions, and give us a chance to tell you about church mission and values. Sign-up for lunch with a pastor and we will begin your membership process.
2. Write Your Faith Story
As a church we encourage, teach, and strive for a constant increase in gospel enjoyment. For that we want to know that our members can see the gospel present in their lives. Your story, your relationship with God is your unique tool to share the gospel. We want every member going out with confidence in this fact, so we ask that you write your story with God as the hero. We will talk about this more at your lunch and make sure you know how to do this and why we ask for this step.
3. Enter into Our Covenant Membership
The last step of membership is to review and sign the covenant. In this we as your church make promises but we also ask that you make promises to your church. We want to make sure you understand where we feel called and what guides us a church. We are asking our members to be all in, to be committed and involved with church mission and values while we are promising to equip and guide members in these areas. We will be making a covenant to each other!
Our Core Beliefs
There is one living, sovereign God who eternally exists in three person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Revelation 1:8, Isaiah 43:10-11, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19).
Jesus was sent by the Father to live on earth; he was fully God and fully human, yet had no sin. Jesus laid down his life and after, three days, rose from the grave. In doing this, Jesus fulfilled the payment for the world’s debt of sin (Luke 1:31, 35, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and Son to convict the world of sin and to empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He lives in every believer and is a constant helper, teacher, and guide (John 14:16-17).
God created people in His image, and everyone matters to God (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 5:1-2). All people are sinners and need God’s forgiveness (Romans 3:23).
Those who confess and turn from their sin, trusting in Jesus Christ will be saved by grace and become children of God, with the promise of eternal life ( John 3:16-17, Galatians 3:26).
THE CHURCH, THE BIBLE, AND CHRIST’S RETURN
Jesus Christ is the head of all church and all believers are members (Ephesians 4:15-16).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Jesus Christ will return and there will be a final judgement (Matthew 24:3, 37).
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
We believe and affirm the enduring biblical truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman united in faithfulness and fidelity (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:1-9, Mark 10:1-12, Ephesians 5:31-33).