In March Nov Zhivot Church hosted the first ever new members course. Eleven regular and new attenders of our church gathered Friday evening and all day Saturday to learn more about the church. Friday night we discussed what the church believes by going through the Apostles’ Creed, on Saturday we talked about what we practice as a church, what we expect from our members and what members can expect from the church.
Our friend who has not yet professed faith came, “Because I think that Jesus is the only one who can change people, and can change the world.” Another woman who had been coming for years was very surprised that the Bible commands that we submit to one another (Eph. 5:21). We had to assure her that that wasn’t a translation error. One family has just discovered Reformed theology and is excited to join a Reformed church. We read a lot of scripture and had good discussions about doctrine, the life of the church, and how we can serve the Lord and one another. We plan on holding this course at least once or twice more this year to be sure to include everyone that wants to come, but our first trial was successful by the grace of God. We confess with the psalmist that unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Ps. 127). Therefore we pray that the Lord will build New Life Church and we will rest in His sovereign care.