Fellowship United Methoidst Church | Challenging people to live a transformed life in Christ
Here at Fellowship, we desire for everyone to live a transformed life in Christ. Our vision is seen through our members living a transformed life by:
– Experiencing inspired worship on a regular basis.
– Connecting with small groups (Challenge Groups) to grow in Christ centered living and fellowship.
– Getting involved by meeting needs in our church, and by being disciples of Christ in the Murfreesboro community.
Our purpose statement is based on The Great Commission Matthew 28:19, and The Great Commandment Matthew 22:36-39. The “5-B’s”, are our attempt to illustrate our vision. These are the essential “marks of someone devoted to Christ and His Church.” If we have participating members living out these characteristics, we are moving toward a biblically functioning community.
The Great Commission | Matthew 28:19 NIV: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
The Great Commandment | Matthew 22: 36-39 NIV: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.“
Believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Without a doubt the first and most important responsibility of the church is to help everyone fall in love with Jesus. God loved you so much that He sent His very own Son just for you. Jesus makes a way for you to come into God’s presence. When you believe by faith that you can become an adopted child of God, your journey to a life of peace, happiness, and blessing begins.
John 3:16 NIV: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Belong to a small group. In the early days of the church they met in small groups. These groups had several key elements. They prayed, fellowshipped, shared, and grew together. At Fellowship, we call our small groups Challenge Groups. We believe that our Challenge Groups help us to believe deeper, become stronger and make eternal friends. A Challenge Group is a place where people truly care for and support each other.
Acts 2:46-47 NIV: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Bless others with your gifts and talents. Every person is unique. God’s real plan for spiritual gifts in the church is really simple. He gives us the analogy that the church is a body. A great voice can do nothing without great feet to carry it somewhere. Great feet need direction from a great mind, and a great mind needs a tender heart to give the body direction. All of us have those unique gifts to love our neighbor as ourselves. A church where 100% of its body is using their gifts is a fully functioning, living, exciting, community changing, and happening place.
1 Peter 4:10 NIV: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Bring a friend. John 1:44-46 NIV: “Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.”
Build the kingdom through your tithes and offering. We all have the honor and the privilege to help build the kingdom. We bring our tithes and gifts to the storehouse so the work of the kingdom can be accomplished. A church is a family where everyone has a unique responsibility as a family member. We all contribute out of the generosity of God’s blessing. Throughout the Bible we see where God’s people brought their gifts, and the work of building the kingdom was accomplished. To understand giving, you must understand that everything you have, 100 percent, is a gift from God. God simply wants you to trust him by recognizing the principle of the tithe (10 percent of one’s earnings is given to the church which is the local storehouse). The Bible is very clear that abundant blessings are directly linked to the financial obedience to God.
Malachi 3:10 NIV: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
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