Vision Series: Connecting to MeadowBrook
Connecting to MeadowBrook
MeadowBrook is a congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.
MeadowBrook aims to be faithful in union with Christ (v. 1, 5) and one another (vs. 2-4).
1 I …urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV)
Be faithfully unified with Christ.
Being in union with Christ is to be one with him in spirit and life. Our unity with one another comes from our unity with Christ.
Be faithfully unified with one another.
As we live in union with Christ, his Spirit indwells us, his word instructs us, and his coming again motivates us to treat others with the same measure of grace, love, mercy, generosity, and forgiveness that God shares with us.
- We care for and serve one another. (Galatians 6:10) (See Matthew 20:26-27; Romans 12:10-16)
- We build up one another. (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
- We devote ourselves to do good works. (Titus 3:14 ESV)
- We love well and show it. (1 John 3:16-18 ESV)
- We see others as more significant than ourselves. (Philippians 2:3-4 ESV)
MeadowBrook faithfully embraces, teaches, and defends the truths of the Bible.
We are living in a “post-truth era.” As people’s thoughts and behaviors conflict with values, especially eternal biblical values, they are likely to shift their values rather than their behavior.
The universe exists on fixed laws of truth—laws of nature, laws of science, laws of math, and laws of God are fixed. Someone can deny them, but they remain unchanged.
Truth does matter. God’s truth matters so much that he has written his law in the hearts of every person, and he holds everyone accountable to obey it.
Nature’s laws have no grace or mercy. Because God extends mercy and grace, some people are confused, thinking that denying, rejecting, or breaking his law does not matter, especially when there seems to be no immediate consequence. Violating God’s spiritual, moral, and biblical law may or may not have immediate effects, but eternal consequences are absolute.
Romans 2:5-8 gives a clear warning.
Let it be evident that each of us and our church submits to God’s word, the Bible, to govern our lives.
MeadowBrook functions like a body, exercising God’s gifts, service, and activities to the church.
See 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12
Everyone has a valuable part to play at MeadowBrook. Church membership acknowledges your place within the body of Christ, and it lets us know that you are willing to do your part.
Every member of MeadowBrook is God’s gracious provision for the church.
A good way for church members to make decisions is to ask, “How will this affect the body of Christ?” We are not independent; we are an interdependent body made up of unified individual members in Christ and one another.
MeadowBrook is led by and accountable to Jesus and responsible for one another.
Jesus Christ is the head of his church. He paid the price for every member, his Spirit joined us together, and it is his mission that we pursue.
One day, we will stand before him and give an accounting of his gifts, talent, and abilities that he treasured in us. Until then, we are responsible for one another. We don’t live independently; we live connected.
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A series exploring the essential beliefs of MeadowBrook that guides our ministry and life.