Day 18: Pray for church membership and church discipline to be biblically and lovingly administered.
While the Bible might not use terms like "join a church" or "church membership"... It does speak of how we are to submit to a church and its leaders. Pray that people would have a desire to not just "attend" our church but to belong and submit to it. Pray that the elders would have discernment in who to install as a covenant member or gospel partner at Franklin City Church. Also, pray that we would develop a healthy church membership process.
"A church member is a person who has been officially and publicly recognized as a Christian, as well as someone who shares in the same authority of officially affirming and overseeing other Christians in his or her church."
Pray that as we help others follow Jesus (make disciples), we would lovingly correct sin and point one another towards the truth. Pray that it would be done biblically and out of a desire for the individual to be reconciled to God and to the church.
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector."
21 Days of Prayer
We want to recommit ourselves to a season of intentional prayer as we look forward to our official launch date on September 10th. Rather than just say "pray more for the church", we will send out a daily prayer topic for all of us to pray about for that day. This promotes unity as we collectively pray over one topic, guides our prayer in specificity, and cultivates a culture and rhythm of prayer amongst our church.
Please join us as we enter into an intentional season of prayer for Franklin City Church. Keep an eye out for a couple of prayer gatherings and join together with your new City Group as you communicate to our God in all these things.