We all have a need to belong. One healthy way that needs can be met is through belonging to a group. Jesus understood that need when He founded the Church, a group of people who follow Jesus. In Jesus' eyes, church is people, not a building.
The Church is also understood to be the body of Christ, functioning to continue the work of Christ in the world. That definition captures the attitude of the members of Inman First Baptist Church.
We try to keep Jesus' definition of church in mind in all we do. We strive to keep our focus on people, those already part of the Church, and those who are yet to become part of Jesus' Church. Our primary task is to help people build a relationship with Jesus. One very important part of building that relationship comes through being part of Jesus' family. We believe this is in keeping with continuing the work of Jesus in this world.
Inman First Baptist Church is not a perfect representation of Jesus' family because we are all flawed human beings. However, we are in touch with the perfect love of Jesus and want to share that love with others. If you would like to be part of such a group, please join us.
I hope to meet you soon!
Paul G. Moore, Pastor
Why should we be a regular part of worship and Bible study with our church family?
A very significant reason for being a regularly part of worship and Bible study is that these spiritual exercises play major roles in advancing our spiritual growth. The Bible is clear that the people of God were created for community. There is no idea in the Bible of a privatized faith. Biblical faith always grows best in the atmosphere of a healthy Christian community. One piece of evidence of our spiritual growth will be our personal involvement in ministry inside or outside the organized church.
Worship and Bible study with our church family are also important because of the example we set for our family. Parents teach more about important things by example than by their words. Tell a child eating a well balanced diet is important but take them through the drive through every day and guess what lesson they will learn. Parents do well to participate in Bible study and worship for the sake of the children, but if that is the only reason for parents' participation, when the children are grown the parents are likely gone from church life. Personal spiritual growth, as described above, is a major driving force in our participation in the life of the church.
I can list other good reasons to be part of worship and Bible study with your church family but the most compelling reason comes from the writer of Hebrews. He was addressing a church made up of Christians who were not as strong in their faith as he felt they needed to be. To them (and to us) he says,
"...let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
Inside Out [PG]
Parents need to know that Inside Out is mostly told from the perspective of the emotions inside the mind of a young girl named Riley, whose family moves from Minnesota when her dad starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) -- live in Headquarters, the control center of her mind. When the emotions have conflicting ideas about the best way for Riley to transition into her new life, Joy -- Riley's most important emotion -- does her best to keep things positive. Like the rest of Pixar's movies, this looks like an original story that's fun for the whole family, with some poignant moments and a few tense, emotional scenes. (Read the review at www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/inside-out)
Need to Breathe - http://www.needtobreathe.com/