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Membership and Missions: Options this Month

Church membership is biblical.  As the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:  “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27, ESV; cf. Romans 12:4-5). Membership is a way of saying:  “I’m committed to Jesus and to his body, the church.  You can count on me to use my gifts for the good of others in this church family.  I will worship, grow, serve, give, and go with the gospel alongside others in this church family.  I’m...

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Join us for “Big Wednesday”

On Wednesday night, March 4, we are encouraging everyone—all ages and life stages—to gather for worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center followed by an Ice Cream Social in the Gathering Area. Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in childcare during worship; with their parents for the social) When? Wednesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Where? Worship Center What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream Social Why? To encourage and...

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“Should I be a member?” Five Good Reasons

Are you a member at Ingleside yet?  If not, I hope to see you in our membership class this Sunday afternoon, January 12, at 4:00 p.m. Here are five good reasons to take this important step. First, membership—both the word and the concept—is biblical.  1 Corinthians 12:27 says: “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (NASB).  God expects those who follow Christ to be members of his body, the church.  That means a vital and committed connection to other...

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The Growth Bias of Healthy Churches

Jesus gave us our marching orders.  He said, “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19, ESV). That’s why at our church we often say, “Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.” It means that we have a “growth bias” when it comes to disciple- making.  We want to make disciples -- as many as we can and as mature as we can. By God’s grace, the disciples we are committed to making . . . Repent and believe the gospel, Are baptized as...

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Membership Class Sunday – 4:00 p.m.

If you are not yet a member at Ingleside, I hope you will consider coming to our membership class this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Where? Just come in the east entrance to the Worship Center, and someone will be there to welcome you and point you in the right direction.  The class is in room F-300, just up the stairs from the Upper Gathering Area. When? The class begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends by 8:00 p.m., and we serve you a complimentary snack supper along the way. What to...

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Grateful for 30 Years!

Not many churches and pastors – the data suggests fewer than 3.5% -- have the privilege of doing what we have done over the past few days as we have marked a 30-year ministry milestone together. As Beverly and I reflect on this three-decade journey and the celebration of the last week, our hearts are filled to overflowing with gratitude.  We are eager to say with the Psalmist that the Lord has “dealt bountifully” with us (Psalm 13:6, ESV).  We know that from start to finish it is...

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That Church, This Church, My Church

There’s more than one way to refer to and relate to a church.  Consider the following perspectives. That church.  “Yes, I’ve heard about that church,” a person might say.  “I’ve heard that church has great ministries for children and students.  I’ve heard that church is really committed to missions.  I’ve heard that church has spirit-anointed musical worship and solid biblical teaching.” But have you ever been there?  Have you ever checked it out and...

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Membership and Missions Options

Every month since September 1997 we have hosted a Discovering Ingleside Membership class.  It’s the way you join our church and commit to membership. The class is typically on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (a complimentary snack supper is served).  This month, as usual, the class will be on Sunday afternoon, March 17. Options this month.  In addition, for those of you who have not been able to make the Sunday afternoon class, this month only we are offering the class...

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Join us for “Big Wednesday”

Join us for “Big Wednesday” On Wednesday night, March 6, we are encouraging everyone—all ages and life stages—to gather for worship at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center followed by an Ice Cream Social in the Gathering Area. Who? Every age and life stage! (Birth through age 4 in childcare during worship; with their parents for the social) When? Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. Where? Worship Center What? Worship, Lord’s Supper, Baptism, and Ice Cream...

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Why Should I be a Member?

Are you a member at Ingleside yet?  If not, I want to encourage you to take that step.  The next membership classes for adults, students, and children are this Sunday afternoon, January 13, at 4:00 p.m. No reservation is necessary.  Dress is casual.  Dinner and childcare is provided.  Just come in at the east entrance to the Worship Center and a warm welcome will be waiting. But you might be thinking:  “Why?  Why should I become a ‘member’ at Ingleside?  I enjoy...

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