My church family identifies me as a genuine Believer. I can't claim to be following Christ if I'm not committed to any specific group of believers. Jesus said, "Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples" (John 13:35, NLT). Becoming a church member doesn't make me a Christian it's a proof that I am one.

My church family moves me out of isolation. God didn't make us to be independent. He made us to be interdependent. Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real love and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other.

My church family helps me grow spiritually. You need people to encourage you, to pray with you, to help you grow in your relationship with God. God uses other people in His church to help you in this way. "As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love" (Ephesians 4:16, NLT).

My church family needs me. God wants you to be a contributor and not just a consumer. God has a unique role for YOU in His family. This is called your "ministry," and God has gifted you for this assignment: "A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church" (1 Corinthians 12:7, NLT).

Regular church attendance is the natural next step once you become a child of God. You become a Believer by committing yourself to Christ. You become a Belonger by committing yourself to a church family. The first decision brings salvation; the second brings friendships.

I invite you to make New Beginnings your New Church Family. I don't care what you've done or where you've been, you're welcome at New Beginnings. There's only one condition; you can't be perfect. New Beginnings is a place for people who are growing, mending, healing, who admit they're not perfect, but they're trying to get better. No person is perfect and no church is perfect but I believe we're going in the right direction and I invite you to join us.

See you Sunday!

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