Heaven's View Baptist Church
A Church For "The City Under The Stars"

Don't Be Afraid of the Church

Posted by  Secretary  May 23, 2016

" Don't Be Afraid of the Church"

Lately, there has been a rather large shift in the idea of the local church in regards to what it is and the importance of membership. Many "so called" churches have done away with membership and have become very distant in their thinking regarding the local church. Often a denominational name is dropped along with the word " church" and replaced with "fellowship." What happened to cause this behavior? Something has affected our thinking!

In my asking people why they think this is so common, I often hear, " What is the difference? We still believe the same thing we just don't want to offend anyone." In other words, they are saying that a clear title and doctrinal position scares them. This is very disturbing to me, so let's look briefly at our position here at Heaven's View Baptist Church.

We, the members, of Heaven's View Baptist Church try to follow the Biblical mandate regarding our position and practice. Let's look at the book of Acts, which teaches us the beginning of the New Testament Church. We find in Chapter 2, that after the gospel was preached, people trusted Christ as their Saviour, were baptized, and were added to the ranks of other believers. " Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." (v. 41) Some would argue that this is not speaking of the local church, they instead say it is the " universal" church, so let's look again and see for ourselves. They heard the gospel, believed, were baptized (locally), and were added unto them (the locals). Verse 42 goes on to say, " And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." There was a clear doctrinal statement, there was fellowship with local believers, and they administrated the ordinances of the local church (baptism-v. 41, Lord's Supper-v. 42) We find in verse 44 that they ""...that believed were together, and had all things common;" sounds like a local church to me. The following verses and chapters continue to give evidence of a local church, it's doctrine, it's members, and it's practices.

Maybe you have never been shown from God's word the Biblical direction of a local church. If this is the case, please today understand that obedience to God's word should never strike fear in the heart of the believer. If you want to know more about how to become a member of this local church, please feel free to ask. We would love to serve the Lord with you and your family as members and experience His blessings together.