WELCOME TO FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Fellowship* is a community founded by Pastor Grant Edwards and his hippie friends in 1972. Since then God has worked through everyday people in a place like Springfield to change thousands of lives all over the world. We are passionate about helping people KNOW Jesus, GROW in their faith, SHOW the love of Christ to others and GO where Jesus calls us to go.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We affirm the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God and that it is eternally reliable in all matters of Christian faith and practice.
We affirm that there is one God, infinitely perfect and eternally existent in the persons of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We affirm the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.
We affirm that salvation is by grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to receive salvation.
We affirm the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved to the resurrection of eternal life and those that are lost to isolation from the Living God.
We affirm the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. We affirm the fullness of the Holy Spirit as the empowerment of the Christian for witness and service. We affirm that the Holy Spirit provides one or more of the spiritual gifts to all believers manifesting them as He wills. We affirm that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are operative today.
We affirm the one, universal Church which is the Body of Christ. We affirm Christ as its head. We affirm all who are born-again as its members. We affirm the church’s purpose as offering worship to God, fellowship and instruction to itself, and evangelism and service to the world. We affirm the offices of Ephesians 4 as the church’s divinely established order and government. We affirm the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm believer’s baptism by immersion in water in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.
We affirm the Table of our Lord, the Lord’s supper for believers.
We affirm and are confident in the victory of Christ’s Church over the forces of darkness.
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts Acts 2:46
This is NOT about Church attendance. Being Together isn’t about showing up once or twice a week and checking off that you were here. It’s really so much bigger than that. We need each other. We need to be present in one another’s life more than just ‘going to church.’ We need to show up for each other SO THAT WE CAN BE THE CHURCH.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Sharing life happens when we worship, pray and open the word of God together, and share what the Holy Spirit is revealing to our hearts through His word. So many times, when you share what God is saying to you, what you are learning from His word, those thoughts will challenge or encourage others too. Sharpening is about sharing with one another what God is saying and doing so that we can all grow in our faith.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
“Words are like bricks. They build up when placed strategically AND destroy when thrown about carelessly.” We aren’t ok with words that are thrown around carelessly. We believe only in interaction with others in a way that can best reflect Christ with our words and actions–this should always be done in a way that builds others up. Not only the person on the receiving end of our words, but also those who witness this interactions. Our words will have an effect on those who hear them–so they have to come from an obvious place of love.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people 1 Timothy 2:1
We practice prayer because it is the strongest weapon through which the Love of Christ and the Power of the Holy Spirit can SHOW up in people’s lives. In every situation, we start by inviting God to move in people’s lives and for Him to bring change in a way that people would see Him in it.
And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. Mark 2:15
Jesus loved people enough to meet them where they were at… AND he loved them too much to leave them there. They were with him even before they came to agree with him. That’s why we say you can belong before you believe, because we know from first hand experience that putting your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a process. And we are saying you can walk that process out from start to finish with us. Because few people have ever been judged into life change, but many have been loved into it.
And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:45
We believe that we are called not to give, but to share. Sharing doesn’t come out of our surplus or margin; it comes from a heart posture of wanting to enjoy with others what God has given us, and to the same degree with which he shared it with us in the first place. So, we share with others as an act of loving well because God shared first and extravagantly as a demonstration of his reckless love for us
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
“You can be a Christian at home by yourself, but you cannot be the Church.” Gifts are others-facing. God gave each of us gifts which He intended for us to use so that others would receive the benefit. So, if we think it matters that people discover their gifts, then it also matters that we show up and put those gifts in play so that our community can be impacted by them.
bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:13-14
In looking to Christ and considering the level, the degree, and how great the distance he traveled to secure our forgiveness, we gain a point of reference for our own practice of forgiveness to others. That’s why we forgive. That’s why we bear with the conflicts, wounds, and pains of others. Because at the end of the day, we know we are both undeserving of the forgiveness that we have received from God and because uncharacteristic forgiveness from man can point to the supernatural forgiveness of GOD.
Senior Pastor - Jeremy Hudson
Jeremy joined the Fellowship* team in December of 2005 after receiving his B.A. from Cedarville University. He has served as Youth Pastor and more recently as Spring Hill Campus Pastor before his installation as Senior Pastor in January 2021. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Theological Studies. Jeremy’s passion and propensity for leadership development, along with a firm belief that everyone is a leader, are the lifeblood of his team culture. Having grown up on the mission field in Mexico, Jeremy has a strong heart for missions, starting with the local mission field right here in Springfield. He and his wife, Julie, along with their four beautiful children, Mackenzie, Nate, and twins Abbey and Macey, share an excitement to be mission catalysts both locally and abroad. Jeremy has a profound dream and desire to equip and empower others to have a Kingdom impact in their local community, and, through their community, the world.
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