What does it mean to be a member of the Fairfax Church of Christ?
In any family there is a set of expectations that family members observe (whether spoken or often unspoken). These expectations guide how the relationships between family members work. In church families, expectations are often not discussed and are shied away from. Afraid that in sharing them we will run people off.
Expectations for involvement in team sports, civic/volunteer organizations, school, etc. are well known and placed on every member of society. Yet, the work of the Lord’s church carries much more weight than any of these worldly pursuits. We believe that the lack of impact for Christ in our nation (and perhaps the world) is evident because there are little to no expectations placed on church members. As we see in the New Testament, members of the Lord’s family must be committed to ministry through their local church (fellowship, family).
Here at Fairfax Church of Christ, we do not want to shy away from expectations. Instead, we would like each member to understand how our family works and what is expected of each family member. We desire each member to be an active participant in the kingdom work that is going on here. The following is our best attempt to be faithful to what Scripture outlines as “family expectations” in the Lord’s church.
- I will believe. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that He died on a cross to set me free from sin. I believe that He rose from the grave with the promise to raise me from the grave (both physical and spiritual) to live with Him for eternity in heaven. (Mark 16:16; John 11:25-26; 20:29, 31; Acts 16:31; Romans 5:1-2; 10:4, 9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-11)
- I will commit. I will commit my life to Christ and become His disciple (follower or apprentice of Jesus). I understand that part of my commitment is to repent of my past life of sin, to confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and to be baptized into His name and thus added to His family. (If you have any questions about God’s plan of salvation, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be happy to explain what we believe the Bible teaches on the subject. Ultimately, it is your decision.) (Repent – Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19; 17:30; 2 Peter 3:9) (Confess – Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9-13; Philippians 2:11; 1 John 4:15) (Baptism – Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 3:21)
- I will worship. I understand that being a member of the Lord’s church means that I will meet regularly with other members of God’s family to worship Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength in Spirit and in truth. (2 Kings 17:28-39; Psalms 29:2; 95:6; 99:5, 9; 100:2; Matthew 4:10; John 4:20-24; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 12:28; Revelation 7:11; 14:7; 22:8-9)
- I will grow. I understand that part of my commitment to Christ is to grow spiritually as His disciple. I know that growth takes place not only individually, but also with other brothers and sisters in Christ. So, I will work to foster my spiritual growth through Bible studies, participating in a Growth Group, practicing spiritual disciplines, and by any other means that may help me grow and be transformed into the image of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 1:6; 3:12-15; Colossians 1:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-2; 1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Peter 3:17-18)
- I will serve. Like Christ, I understand that I did not become a disciple of Christ to be served, but to serve others and give my life for the sake of Christ. I recognize that I am a part of the body of Christ and have been given gifts by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and those in need. I understand that to serve is to sacrifice. To sacrifice is to give up what may be best for me for the good of others and for the glory of God. Therefore, I will work each day to be a living sacrifice to God. (Acts 2:45; 1 Corinthians 9:19; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:8-11)
- I will share. I commit to living out the Great Commission by going out and sharing my faith to those who do not know the Lord. I want to share the love and grace of God (given through Christ) that has been freely given to me so that others may know and share in it with me. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 4:18-20; 5:27-32, 40-42)
- I will give. I understand that God loves a cheerful, generous spirit. I know that in giving to the family at Fairfax Church of Christ, I am giving to the work of God by giving my time, talents, and treasures. I know that all I have is His and that giving back to Him is just a small portion of what He has given me. I understand that through giving, I am helping fund and promote ministries and missions that support the expansion of God’s kingdom and helping those in need. (Matthew 6:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; 9:6-15)
- I will seek unity. I understand that others will know I am a Christian by how I love my brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, I will seek to bring unity rather than division in our family at FXCC. I commit to seeking out my brother or sister when I know I have wronged them or I know they have sinned against me. I will model the reconciliation of God to those around me by loving others as Christ has loved me. (John 13:34-35; 15:12; 17:20-23; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Colossians 3:12-14)
- I will pray. I know that God listens to me and longs for me to talk with Him. So, I will commit to being a person of prayer. I will regularly kneel before my God on behalf of others and myself and will seek to grow in my relationship with God through continual conversations with Him. (Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13; 18:1; 21:36; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- I will honor and respect. I understand and respect the commitments outlined in the FXCC “What Our Family Believes” Statements (CLICK HERE). I also recognize and know the Vision, Mission, and Values of FXCC (CLICK HERE) and commit to honoring the direction that God and my spiritual leaders at FXCC have laid out before me. I understand that as a member at FXCC, I put myself under the oversight of the elders and will work to honor them as my spiritual leaders as they commit to shepherd me in my walk with Christ. (Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We hope these “family expectations” demonstrate our desire to honor God and His will and purpose for our lives. We hope they demonstrate the deep love we have for God and His people and how we want to intentionally live out His mission in our lives. We hope this will be a church family in which you, too, can use your God-given gifts in faithful, humble service to Him.