STT 101 – I Belong (8) – The Necessity & Blessing of Local Church Membership (Part 3)
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PLEASE LEAVE A SINCERE 5-STAR RATING IF YOU CAN. Are you thankful for your local church? Have you thanked God recently for your church? Your church is God’s gracious gift to you and through it, He cares for you, body and soul. May the Lord increase your gratitude for His provision through your church.
Article 28: Belgic Confession of Faith:
We believe that since this holy assembly and congregation is the gathering of those who are saved and there is no salvation apart from it, no one ought to withdraw from it, content to be by himself, regardless of his status or condition. But all people are obliged to join and unite with it, keeping the unity of the church by submitting to its instruction and discipline, by bending their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ, and by serving to build up one another, according to the gifts God has given them as members of each other in the same body. And to preserve this unity more effectively, it is the duty of all believers, according to God’s Word, to separate themselves from those who do not belong to the church, in order to join this assembly wherever God has established it, even if civil authorities and royal decrees forbid and death and physical punishment result. And so, all who withdraw from the church or do not join it act contrary to God’s ordinance. (https://threeforms.org/the-belgic-confession/#28)
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