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¶620.3        Life in the Church

Growing Christians find their supportive environment in the fellowship of believers.  They do not live independently from the Body of Christ (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25). Worship requires a proper attitude toward God.  It involves the believer’s active participation.  Believers should prepare their minds and spirits for worship so they can reach out to God in praise, thanksgiving, dedication, confession, faith, and service. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are vital parts of the life of the church that were commanded by the Lord. God has promised to graciously meet the person who faithfully takes part in these sacraments.  As a part of the Body of Christ, believers must take part in corporate worship, as well as in the other ministries of the church.  Small group participation is a means of grace and growth. Support, insight, inspiration, and discipline are fruits of fellowship.