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city fellowship church: a ‘family of families’

Picture 7This post has been a long time coming.

I love the church called City Fellowship Baptist Church that meets at 455 East Main Street in Jackson, Tennessee.

And I don’t say all that to make a plug – I am making a point.

I am thankful to be a part of a local church that realizes that churches are not buildings, they are families of families.

City Fellowship is a family of men, women, and children of every color, culture, and income who hold in common a shared place in the household of God – having been adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

I am thankful for the way that the family of our church has cared and loved on us in the midst of Abbey’s birth and thyroid problems, Beth’s father’s heart attack, and Lee’s rollover in the Jeep.

I am thankful that the love that we have received in abundance is the same love we have seen extended to the homeless, jobless, and hungry of Jackson.

I am thankful that there is no difference – be it in quality, urgency, or persistence – between the love that the church family has shown to my family and the love that the church family has shown a man like Robert – a man who walked off the street an into the middle of our Bible study, abandoned by his family, scared of the dark, and incapable of coherent sustained conversation (probably due to mental illness).

It is by the grace of God that we have been a part of a people like City Fellowship Church, a people in whom God is shaping into a family of families, a people who eagerly embrace the command of God to “show no partiality as you hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory” (James 2:1).

May City Fellowship Church always be a place that testifies to the gospel by loving all peoples without partiality, until Christ returns or takes us home.

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What do you love about your church?

How does your church testify to the gospel in the way you function as a family of families?

In the way the church loves the surrounding community?

In the way they love the nations?

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Note:

I am aware that ‘Family of families’ is a term that has been popularized by Voddie Baucham.

In using this phrase, I am not attempting to piggy back off of anything that he has said . . . in fact, I have no idea what he has said about the term because I have not read his book.

If you are inclined to import his meaning into what I have said above, it will not translate.  Simply take the words at their most common meaning and proceed accordingly.

Thanks to those who encouraged me to clarify my use of ‘family of families’.

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