The Mission of the church set forth in the Great Commission Matthew 28:19-20 may be defined as having an inner and an outer direction. The inner mission of the church is to nurture its members, seeking ever to bring them more and more to the stature of maturity in Christ. The outer mission of the church is to be related, as God's instruments, to the problems and the needs of all souls in the world.
The local church is part of a larger whole that comprises the Body of Christ. The local church, therefore, shall recognize other Christian bodies and denominations and shall seek to cooperate with, and give direction to, the united efforts of the greater church.
According to I Corinthians 12:13 and Romans 12:5 life in Christ means life in the body of Christ. Membership in a local fellowship of believers, the congregation, is the way in which we affirm and live out our membership in Christ’s larger body, the church universal. In our interrelatedness with other Christians in the local church, we experience the fullness of the gifts of the Spirit, we discover ways to be faithful to our covenant with God and each other, and we are able to support one another in carrying out our common calling as the people of God.
The Fairview Congregation of the Church of the Brethren accepts the Holy Bible as the Word of God, and maintains the New Testament as its only rule of faith and practice. We believe in God as Creator, Redeemer with His Son Jesus Christ, and Sustainer through the Holy Spirit. We have received and trust Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and we strive to follow His commandments.
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"Be ready always to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence."
-- I Peter 3:15
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10:45 a.m. -- Morning Worship