Taught by Pastor Duane, this is an introduction to who we are as a church and what our mission is. This class is open to anyone interested in knowing more about Fairlawn and is also the first step to membership.
We believe that believer’s baptism was commanded by Jesus. Those who have faith in Christ ought to be baptized which symbolizes their death, burial, and resurrection with Christ. This act symbolizes God’s clearing of the believer’s guilty conscience and the new life of the believer which has been surrendered to God. Scripture: Acts 2:37, 38, 41; Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:3-5; I Peter 3:21; Romans 6:1-14
In Christian baptism, there are two requirements before a person is baptized: 1) the person being baptized must have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior, and 2) the person must understand what baptism signifies. If a person knows the Lord Jesus as Savior, understands that Christian baptism is a step of obedience in publicly proclaiming his faith in Christ, and desires to be baptized, then there is no reason to prevent the believer from being baptized. According to the Bible, Christian baptism is important because it is a step of obedience—publicly declaring faith in Christ and commitment to Him—an identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
We believe that membership is important for 3 primary reasons.
1. Covenant Membership unites the body of Christ together. It embraces the biblical understanding that the Christian life is meant to be lived together, with its members actively relying on each other and building each other up in love. We value a heart attitude of “how can I invest in the people around me”, rather than “what can I get from the people around me.”
2. Covenant Membership enables the Fairlawn Leadership Team to more intentionally care for and equip the church. The Fairlawn Leadership Team is committed to intentionally caring for the members of this local body. Our Membership Covenant helps us to know who in our church desires to be intentionally cared for and equipped. We desire to fulfill our commitment to our Covenant Members as leaders who will “give an account” for those in our care (Hebrews 13:17).
3. Covenant Membership holds the Fairlawn leadership and Covenant Members accountable for their profession of faith. We believe Scripture clearly reveals that those who have made a commitment to Christ ought to be held accountable to walk in a manner worthy of that profession. God has planned that believers are to be accountable to each other and to the leadership at their local church. This accountability helps our Leadership and Covenant Members faithfully pursue growth in Christ together; as we do this, we will testify to the beauty of the body of Christ to the watching world.
Adult Bible Fellowships (ABF’s)
ABF’s are classes divided by stage of life that meet every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ABF’s exist so that in a smaller group setting we can study the Bible, discuss the current sermon series, pray, encourage each other and fellowship.
CommUnity Groups are small groups of families and individuals who are committed to meeting two times a month for the purpose of praying for one another, studying God’s Word, and just living life together.
God has gifted each believer with gifts and talents to build up the body of Christ. From our Children’s Community volunteers to the people picking up trash and everyone in between, Sunday mornings would not be possible without our amazing volunteers!