To gather round the table together.
To break bread.
To chat, to laugh. To cry.
That’s really what it’s all about—
The table is a symbol of all that. The locus of all that.
And that’s what we did at Refuge this past Sunday—we gathered around a great big, elongated family table after the service. We shared the Lord’s Supper together, followed by a beautiful meal and rich, hearty fellowship. Now that’s what belonging together is all about!
The meal was a celebration and culmination of a 6-part preaching series—Belonging—on church membership…
This series was the first step in implementing church membership at Refuge. In the first week of the series we saw how the concept of church membership was found in the pages of the New Testament and we worked with a definition of church membership:
a process or practice that oversees who belongs to the local church (Christians do)
it defines what belonging entails
(at Refuge this will be a covenant with one another to love each other well)
As the series continued we wrestled with the questions,
"Who is a Christian?"
"What is a Church?"
Tying these in with our theme of Belonging, we said,
A Christian is one who belongs to Christ and His church.
We then spent two weeks considering what obligations believers have one to another—we saw how we belonged to each other; and have an obligation to love one another sincerely and to use our gifts for the common good.
We finished the series by considering the great commission—the outward look of Belonging—we are to invite others in to belong!
The elders now plan to meet with everyone in Refuge on a one-to-one basis to discuss church membership before later this year becoming a church that practises membership. We trust that, in the long run, we will see the fruit of our belonging to the local church that is Refuge.
We look forward to:
our relationship with God and one another deepening
our welcoming others into our midst
We trust God will help us to live out the covenant we will make with one another!