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~A CALL TO SALVATION - START YOUR NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST~
1/12/2019 - Prophet/Pastor Barbara Baker
Topic: Our Help comes from the Lord
Topic: Our Help comes from the Lord
10/27/2018 - Sabbath "Saturday" Worship Service
Speaker: Apostle Rose
Speaker: Apostle Rose
Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-13
Topic: Sight and Sound
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Question: What is the "Watch Care" Ministry or Membership, and is it biblical?
Answer: A "Watch Care" ministry is a program in ministries and churches allowing believers from other congregations to connect with their ministry without requiring full membership. Watch care programs allow others to identify with a church, participating in worship, discipleship, fellowship, evangelism, and service, without transferring membership from their home church. Watch Care membership is designed to provide temporary, conditional, or unofficial association with a local church and/or global ministry such as the Kingdom of God Fellowship Church, a church without walls.
Watch Care membership is very suitable for college students, military personnel, and people working a job requiring temporary placement. An out-of-state college student, for example, may want to stay involved in a local congregation while away from home. If he receives watch care membership in a church, he would be allowed to moderate our ministry lines, pray, and share in our teaching sessions. The student's "official" membership would remain with his or her church back home, but in the meantime, the individual could fill a valued position in his or her interim church.
Other churches offer a different kind of Watch Care ministry for believers who may have doctrinal differences but who still wish to be associated with the church. For example, a believer who was baptized (sprinkled) as a baby might want to serve in a church that teaches believer's baptism. Rather than being re-baptized, the believer may apply for limited membership under a watch care program. The believer would then fellowship with that church and serve in certain roles while retaining his view on baptism.
Usually, those who hold watch care membership cannot vote in congregational meetings and cannot hold positions of leadership in the church. They are invited to get involved in other ministries within the church, however. The benefit of a watch care ministry is that it allows Believers who are away from their home church to have a "home away from home" among fellow believers. And it allows Believers who may disagree on non-essential points of doctrine or practice to join in a unified church fellowship.
Watch care ministries that provide connections, welcome visitors, and unify the body of Christ are biblical.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1 KJV)
Why is Church Membership Important?
The Universal Church is the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5) is composed of all true believers in Christ, and local churches are to be miniature of the universal Church. As believers, we have our names written in the Lamb's book of life (Revelation 20:12), and that is what is most important. It is also important to become committed to a living organism - a thriving church/ministry where the unadulterated Word of God is being taught, we we can give of our resources, serve others, and be accountable.
The Bible does not directly address the concept of formal church membership, but there are several passages that strongly imply its existence in the early church. "And the Lord added to them day-by-day those that were being saved." (Acts 2:47). This verse indicates that salvation was a prerequisite for being "added" to the church. in Acts 2:41, it seems that someone was keeping a numerical record of those who were saved and thus joining the church. Churches today that require salvation before membership are simply following the biblical model. (See 2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
There are other places in the New Testament that show the local church as a well-defined group: in Acts 6:3 the church in Jerusalem is told to hold elections of some kind: "Choose seven men from among you." The phrase among you suggests a group of people distinct from others who were not "among" them. Simply put, the deacons were to be church members. Our Global Ministry is unique where we train todays "global internet deacons" who are members of the church without walls.
Church membership is important because it helps define the pastor's responsibility. At the Kingdom of God Fellowship Church, we have a global pastor and prophetic leader along with the Senior Apostolic Overseer. A true Apostle and Prophet church foundation as the church originally was formed upon. Hebrews 13:17 instructs 'Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you." Whom will a pastor and senior overseer give an account for, except the members of his or her own church ministry? Leaders of churches and ministries are NOT responsible for all the Christians in the world, only for those under his/her care. Likewise, he/she/they are not responsible for all the people in the community, only for the believers under the leadership. Members that have been designated as church/ministry members. Membership in a local/global church is a way of voluntarily placing oneself under the spiritual authority of pastoral leadership.
Church membership is also important because without it, there can be no accountability or church disciplined. First Corinthians 5:1-13 teaches a church how to deal with blatant, unrepentant sin in its midst. In verses 12-13, the words inside and outside are used in reference to the church body. We only judge those who are "inside" the church/ministry - members. How can we know who is "inside" or "outside" the ministry without an official membership roll?
Membership is a way of identifying oneself with a local body of believers and of making oneself accountable to proper spiritual leadership. Membership is a statement of solidarity and like-mindedness (see Philippians 2:2). Membership is valuable for organization purposes. It is a good way to determining who votes on important decisions pertaining to the local church/global ministry and who is eligible for official positions within the ministry. Membership is not required of Believers. It is simply a way of saying "I am a Christian Believer and I believe that this church/ministry is a good church/ministry."
Become an KOGFC (Kingdom of God Fellowship Church) Global Member or come under WATCH CARE Today
A - Are You a Believer in Jesus Christ?
B - Learn about our Ministry
C - Become an Online Member
If you are a new believer or a believer desiring a deeper walk and more intimate relationship with Christ, then we welcome you to join our Global Fellowship Church as an online member.
The Church was formerly known as Love In Abundance Church launched in 2009 with the sole purpose to fulfill The Great Commission in telling all about Jesus Christ. The name was amended and changed in January 2015 to Kingdom of God Fellowship Church, a church without walls under the direction of Apostle Rose White to represent the Kingdom Mandate of "Touching People, Teaching Ministry, and Training Leaders". Our Kingdom Vision is to win the lost at any cost by building strong disciples of Christ through national and international partnerships across the globe.
Why an Internet Church or being an Online Member?
Regular attenders of KOGFC can use the Internet Church if they are out of town, sick, or otherwise not able to physically attend local brick and mortar any given service.
There are many who currently do not have a Bible-believing church to attend. Until they locate a place of worship they are free to attend the KOGFC Internet Church. We give individuals, families, and businesses the opportunity to connect to the church community and assemble with other Christian Believers.
For those who are permanently bed-ridden, sick and shut-in, or homebound, our KOGFC Internet Church enables them to become and stay connected to our church community.
Are you ready to Become an Global Member? Complete the global membership form online. Once you submit the online form, our pastoral team members will contact you go over your membership form and give you additional information to help you on your new journey with us here at KOGFC.
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~ NEW BELIEVERS SECTION ~
The end results of sin: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). The end result of sin is spiritual death - separation from God.
God loves you and has provided forgiveness for your sins: The Bible says, "This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world ... as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:9-10). God loves you so much that He has provided a way for your sins to be forgiven so that you do not have to reap the wages of sin is spiritual death through separation from God.
The answer to your sin problem: Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me ( John 14:6). Acts 4:12 confirms, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Jesus Christ is the answer to your sin problem. He is the only way to God and the only way to be forgiven.
You must accept Jesus as your personal Savior: Romans 10:9 declares, "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord: and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." If you prayed the prayer accepting Christ as Savior, this is what you did. You acknowledged your sin, asked forgiveness, and accepted Jesus as Savior.
Your past sins: When you accepted Jesus as your Savior, He forgave the sins you confessed, but He also cleansed you from all unrighteousness even those sins you did not remember and acts you did not realize were sin. You do not need to confess these past sins repeatedly. They are forgiven and God has forgotten them. God says, ... for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31:34).
Sins committed after you accept Christ: Part of the daily prayer pattern in Matthew 6:9-13 includes asking forgiveness for sins you commit after receiving Christ.
After your new spiritual birth, your soul which is your mind, will, and emotions must be supernaturally changed as you live out this new life. For years, your soul has ruled your spirit and your body. Whatever your soul desired or dictated, you did whether it be drugs, alcohol, pornography, immorality, etc. You did not exercise control over emotions such as anger, unforgiveness, and bitterness. You went where you wanted to go and did what you wanted to do. You got to where you are today by doing what you did. If you want things to change, you must do something different.
You must let your spirit rule: For years, your unredeemed, sinful, soulish nature has controlled your body and your spirit. Now you must learn to let your redeemed spirit control your body and your soulish nature (mind, will, emotions).
When your old soulish nature rises up and you sin, it does not mean you weren't saved. You do not need to accept Jesus as Savior again. You simply need to ask God to forgive you and give you strength to overcome future temptations. God has provided a way of escape in every temptation. Take it! A No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Cor. 10:13).
Repetition of sinful behavior leads to more of the same, until certain actions are so entrenched in our lives that we cannot stop. We become enslaved to habitual sin and spiritual strongholds are erected. This is why you do not want to deliberately sin. Read the struggle the Apostle Paul had in Romans 7:15-21 and the glorious solution in Romans 8.
Recognize the difference between conviction and condemnation. Condemnation is general. You think you are a bad person, you can never change, etc. These thoughts come from the enemy to discourage you in your new life. Conviction is specific and is from the Holy Spirit to reprove you for wrong so you can correct it. For example, you feel convicted because you lied to someone. This is the Holy Spirit working in you to help you live out your new life of faith.
LESSON THREE: HOW TO GROW IN YOUR NEW FAITH
Pray: Use the pattern of the Lord's prayer to guide you in daily prayer: Matthew 6:9-13.
Attend a local Bible-believing church so your new faith will be strengthened.
Make friends with others who are changing their lives through Christ. Become a peace-maker instead of a trouble maker, a problem-solver instead of a problem.
FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR NEW SPIRITUAL LIFE...