Hebrews 10:24-25 - "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
Why Fellowship? In this day and age it seems less and less necessary to be together with others. We could sit behind a screen for hours a day and communicate with those we love, and even with those we don't know. When it comes to spiritual growth, you could find your favorite pastor on the internet and listen to each of his sermons from the comfort of your own home - completely isolated from others.
We believe the Bible has a different take. Not only is the Bible clear that we need other believers, it is clear that we need spiritual authority. The local church exists for believers to live in supportive and accountable relationships under the authority of deacons and elders commited to leading in mutually committed relationships with the believers they serve.
We hope the following resources will help you discover the joy of loving, accountable relationships in a local church setting.
What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile
Messy Church: Finding Your Place in the Family of God by Ross Parsley
Why Church Matters: Discovering Your Place in the Family of God by Joshua Harris
Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus by Jonathan Leeman
**All suggested books are available in the church library.**
"12 Reasons Why Membership Matters" - 9marks.org
"Why Fellowship Matters" - relevantbibleteaching.com
The duties of membership at Goss is listed in the Goss Memorial Church Constitution & Bi-Laws on page 10 under Bi-Laws I-C.
General Accountability Questions
Doug Fields - dougfields.com
John Wesley - goforthall.org