“You are a member of God’s own family…and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Ephesians 2:19
Here at FLM, we see membership as a way for you and your family to receive strength and fellowship among the brethren everytime you are here. Becoming a member is easy. Just attend one of the classes scheduled this month to become a member.
We believe there are three basic truths concerning church membership:
Once you become a member, we encourage you to get connected by serving in a Helps ministry. You can visit our Serving section to contact our office and get involved in the area that allows you to serve God in a real way. Church membership is the best way to plug into God’s work and build the Kingdom in this earth. By actively participating in FLM, God will cultivate you and increase the natural and spiritual gifts that He has placed in you! If you are reading this article, then it is time for YOU to take the next step!
For more information on membership, please call our office at (804) 262-7104 ext. 124.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God – the product of holy men of old that spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Hebrews 4:12)
The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, is accepted as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine.
Our God is one, but manifested in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are co-equal and eternal. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Philippians 2:6, I John 5:7)
God the Father is greater than all, and the Sender of the Word, the Son. (John 1:4, 14:28, and 16:28)
Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1, 1:14, and 1:18)
The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son, and empowers the church for ministry, (John 14:16 and 15:26)
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God. Through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says, “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “There is none righteous, no not one.” (Genesis 1:26 and 3:1-7; Romans 3:10, 23)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil. He gave His life and shed His Blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Romans 5:14; 1John3:8)
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:18; Titus 3:5-7)
Man’s only hope of redemption is accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who shed His Blood (gave His life) to pay the price for sin.
On the cross, Jesus took our sins on Himself, providing salvation for all mankind.
Jesus also, by the stripes He took on Himself, bore the punishment for sickness and disease, providing healing for all mankind; Jesus became poor, defeating poverty and lack, that we might be made rich (experience abundance). By being made a curse, Jesus redeemed us from the curse so that we could live in the blessings of God. (Psalm 103:3; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24; Galatians 3:13-14; II Corinthians 8:9)
The first step towards salvation is recognizing that one is lost and needs a saviour. Salvation comes by believing in the heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with the mouth Jesus as Lord. (II Corinthians 7:10; Romans 10:8-10)
Inward evidence of salvation to the believer is the direct witness of the spirit. (Romans 8:16)
Outward evidence of salvation to others is a life of holiness and love (John 13:35; I John 3:23)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God as promised by Jesus Christ to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance.
With this experience come the endowment of power for life and service, and the bestowing of gifts for the work of the ministry.
The Church is the Body of Christ and each believer is an integral part. (Ephesians 1:22 and 2:19-22)
Each believer has been given gifts and is called to a specific place in the Body of Christ by God. (I Corinthians 12:7 and 12:18)
Baptism in water is by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. This ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36-39)
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper by eating of the bread (symbol of the Lord’s Body) and drinking of the cup (symbol of the Lord’s Blood) in remembrance of Him.
Spiritual (John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 5:22)
Mental (II Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:6 and 12:2)
Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24)
Financial (III John 2; Malachi 3:10-11; II Corinthians 9:6-12)
Social (Proverbs 3:4)
Jesus will return again to gather His saints to Heaven (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Those who die physically in their sins, without accepting Jesus Christ, are hopelessly and eternally lost, separated from God, and will burn in the lake of fire. (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 19:20)
Jesus Christ will return with His saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised. (Romans 11:25, 27; II Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:11-16 and 20:1-7)
There will be a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 21)