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No. However, there are many places in the Bible that point to church structure and does mention followers of Jesus as being members of the Body of Christ (I Cor. 12:12-31).

At PCBC we view church membership as:

  1. A Confession of Faith-Faith is invisible, but it results in visible evidence, and along with a changed life, words of witness, and there is identification with God’s people.
  2. An Expression of Gratitude-The church is Christ’s body on earth. He bought it, formed it, an uses it to do His will. When we identify with the Church, we express to God our commitment to and our gratitude for the Savior.
  3. A Confession of Need-The Church is not a museum for perfect saints; no, it is a rehabilitation center for “improving” Christians. We need all the help we can get, and in the fellowship of the Church, we gain much help and discipline.
  4. An Involvement in God’s Program-No local Church is perfect, but we need to pool our gifts and talents to fulfill God’s great plan. Together we can do what singly would be impossible.

Why become a member?

The answer is commitment. Commitment both to Christ and His Church, reflected in giving, attendance, and ministry involvement.

Joining the church has nothing to do with salvation or eternal life. But the Church does represent the place of spiritual growth for the believer. The Church is the God ordained place of spiritually gifted ministry by those who desire spiritual growth.

God never intended that any Christian should live in isolation. He knows we need to belong to a community because He made us that way. The word “saint” never appears in the singular, only the plural. We need each other, and God provided the Church to meet that need.

The community was designed and put together to meet the needs of the people. The Bible calls it a “body”, one body, but many members. The Church is the house of God. We are the family of God. We are children in God’s family. We are in God’s “forever family.”

The New Testament Church is a redeemed membership. It is a steadfast and serving membership that reaches out in the power of the Holy Spirit to tell others the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.

All of us like to be around people who are committed. Membership is a public way to demonstrate your commitment. We are the visible body of Jesus Christ-the body in the local New Testament Church. Membership is a powerful testimony to the world.

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Practicing homosexuality is a sin. Not only does the Old Testament mention this as such (Leviticus 18:22 ), but so does the New Testament (Romans 1:24-32 ).

One of the greatest outreaches I have been a part of was when one of my life groups in Seattle “ministered” to the gay and lesbian alliance at the local high school. Each Thursday night, this life group would provide snacks and drinks for this social group. At the end of the school year, this high school group wanted to come to church on Sunday morning and thank this class for all the love they showed to them throughout the year.

I was asked to speak at the Sunday school class, ready to take on the big question I thought they would ask. “What does this church think about homosexuality?” I shared the gospel using John 3:16 and the questions that followed never centered on homosexuality but about questions about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I was amazed. Even though none of these students that I knew of prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they finally understood what Christianity was all about. So how do we treat them? We love them, the way Jesus would love them. We don’t condemn them or judge them for that isn’t what God has called us to do while on earth.

I believe that a person is so much more than a sexual preference, I believe that a person is someone whom God desperately desires to have a personal relationship with. So…can a homosexual be a Christian?

“For God so love the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

I believe sinners like me can be Christians. Salvation belongs to the Lord and He is the one that Judges people’s hearts. I do know salvation does bring about life change and conviction of sin. Just like someone doesn’t get clean before they take a shower, somebody doesn’t become clean from sin before giving their lives to Jesus. As we grow in our relationship with Jesus He reveals things in our lives that aren’t pleasing to Him. We either deal with it and lay it upon the altar before Him or live with this nagging notion that something isn’t right with my relationship with Christ. I know people who claim to be followers of Christ, who happen to be homosexual, that live in both these camps.

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Since Pastor Jay can't address all the "You Asked for it" Questions on Sunday morning, Pastor Bryce and I will be answering some of these questions over the next two weeks.

One of the most exciting, faith building and controversial subjects in the Bible is one concerning prophecy. It is so interesting to see the number of Old Testament prophecies that mentioned the Messiah, which were fulfilled in Christ hundreds, and sometimes thousands of years, after the prophecy was made (See link before for more info).

I love the below quote from Lee Strobel concerning these prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.

Peter Stoner, professor of mathematics and astronomy, explains that the possibility of eight of these prophecies being fulfilled would have the probability of 1 in 10 to the 17th power, or a one in 100,000,000,000,000,000 chance. Let’s put this in perspective. That chance is the equivalent of covering the state of Texas two feet deep in silver dollars, painting one of them red, blindfolding a person in Dallas, and saying, “You have one chance to pick the right silver dollar out of all the ones scattered two feet deep throughout the entire state of Texas.”

Another example of this probability is to imagine every bit of dry land covered with white tile 1 ½ inches square. One of these small tiles is painted red on the bottom. If a person could wander for a lifetime around the seven continents, but be permitted to bend down only one time and pick up the right tile, he would have the odds of one person fulfilling just eight of the Old Testament prophecies. Jesus fulfilled all three hundred plus.

The controversy really heats up concerning end time prophecy which will be touched on in later posts from Pastor Bryce.;sf=vwid=5

Last Saturday our Norcross Football Team (which includes the players, coaches, and cheerleaders) won their second (back to back) state championship football game. It was a great year and exciting championship game. Our church has served this team over the course of the year and built a strong bond with them.

As the game ended, two thoughts ran through my mind. The first was this that even if this team didn’t win one game this year, we still would have served, ministered and loved on this team. This team is made up of our brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. They conducted themselves with class and won more than a game, but the respect of our community.

The second thought was one of sadness. My prayer was that the team would keep winning playoffs games because that would mean one more week that we could minister to them. The last game ends that to some degree.

My prayer now is that this team will remember the love this church showed them in 2013 and will realize that not only do we love them, but God up in heaven does so much more. My prayer is that those who gave their lives to Jesus will stay close to Him now (and in their college years) and for those who haven’t yet will do so soon. NHS we love you and are so proud of you.

I wish there was a stronger word to use in the English language, thanks seems so limiting in how I truly feel Lord. Thank you for giving me this life to live. You have blessed me so much more than I deserve. You have allowed me to minister in your name, to so many people, in so many places. Thank you for using someone like me to carry your message of love and peace. Thank you for those who have chosen the narrow path, the difficult path, but the path that leads to true joy and happiness. These friends of mine inspire and motivate me to do more for you, oh God. Thank you for my family. Thank you for my church.

Thank you for the difficult seasons of life (most of the time brought about by my own doing) you have allowed me to go through. It is during these times I have grown the most, learned to trust you more, and learned to let go. Thank you God.

May every day, be a day of Thanksgiving to our God. May every day, be a day when Jesus is honored and glorified by His people. May every day, be a day when His Spirit surrounds us and leads us. In this, we give thanks.

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