Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. ~1 Cor. 12:27
When Paul describes the church, he does not use the image of a static institution with a dusty list of names, but rather he uses the body of Christ in mission together.
“By FAR the biggest mistake the American Church has made in the last 50 years has been ‘accepting members’ without asking anything of them” ~Rev. Dr. Anne Hilborn
We may be a member at Barnes & Noble or Costco because we paid a fee and receive benefits. Partnership in the Body of Christ, however, means that we are submitting ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be challenged and held accountable by a community of fellow believers. Rather than offering a membership that suggests status, at Waypoint you belong because you participate.
Therefore, some people would like to hold that participation loosely as we pass through this journey of life together. Others, however, may want to formally claim their partnership in mission with Waypoint. Either way, our mission will always be to equip you to live out your faith as God leads you.
As an equipping Church, our goal is to offer two different workshops that highlight God’s Story and Our Story and practically challenges us to consider what it is we believe, and how God may be using us in mission. You can attend these lunches to listen, to assess, or simply to enjoy the free food.
So we would like you to consider formally partnering with Waypoint Community Church in this mission by:
- Attending both luncheon workshops (March 19th & April 2nd)*
- Writing out your basic core beliefs
- Sharing your faith story with another person at Waypoint
- Identifying and using our A.P.E.S.T. Functions
- Standing as a group to reconfirm your baptism vows on Easter Sunday
- (Re)committing to “do something with your faith” annually
Please RSVP to these luncheons below. If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact Wes.
Our desire is not to check boxes for a final grade in life, but to provide practical steps to grow in your faith. So these are to be done at your own pace:
*We recognize that this is an overscheduled church. So, we are developing a method to listen to these luncheons online along with a workbook. If you are not available Easter Sunday, there will be future opportunities to confirm your baptism vows. Also, this is our initial stab at this process, so there will be future opportunities in the fall.
**The final step to partnership will be a public confession of Jesus Christ, so this is open to anyone over the age of 13 to attend. Similar to confirmation, this is an opportunity for both teenagers and adults.
Please post any questions you may have in the comments.