What does it mean to say “I belong to” or “I’m a member of” the St Thomas Reformed Church? What does membership mean and why does it matter?
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. —Acts 2.44-47
The Inquirer’s Class seeks to answer the questions above, adding a bit of intriguing history about the Reformed Church in America, our theology/beliefs, and why we worship the way we do. Spread over approximately four class hours, Pastor Jeff and Pastor Ben cover four “ships” (Worship, Leadership, Stewardship and Membership). This all leads to an invitation to anyone who decides to deepen their faith commitment to the body of Christ by becoming a member
- Through baptism (for those who have never been baptized);
- Confession of Faith (for those who have never publicly confessed their faith in Jesus Christ);
- Reaffirmation of Faith (for those who have previously been members of a church and are renewing their commitment);
- or transfer (for those who hold membership in another church and would like to transfer to STRC).
The first class will be an introductory class after which the class schedule will be determined by the group.