February 2007


One of the things that has frustrated me in churches over the last few years is the minimization of God’s plan for the Christian family. It has been said that Sunday morning is the most segregated hour of the whole week. I have noticed that other times of the week are falling victim as well. Churches in America have perfected the practice of the guilt trip. Families are made to feel guilty because they don’t participate in all of the activities throughout the week and the church because they want to spend time with their families. Recently I heard people in a church discussing how they would love to see activities at the church building every night! God does want His people to gather for worship (Heb. 10:24-25). However, he equally wants families to be together for growth, discipleship and ministry.

Throughout the Bible, it’s not churches or programs that are commanded to train children, but parents (Eph. 6:1-4 is a prime example). God does not want families to be separated by the church, He wants them to be brought together. He wants children worshipping with their parents, he wants youth worshipping with their parents. I realize that this is difficult for children of unchurched parents, but there are better options than we typically find in church. Instead of whisking teens away to be only with other teens, what an opportunity for a family (godly father, mother, children) to “adopt” unchurched teens. They can let the youth sit with them during worship, open up their homes, and model for that youth what is God’s intent for the family. They may not get it in their own homes, but they will get a taste of God’s plan for the family in His church. Maybe then we won’t lose so many in the college years.

At Enjoying God Fellowship, we want to come along side of you and encourage discipleship in your home. Yes, this means you will have to spend a lot of time with your family!  This is God’s plan. Why are churches trying to come up with the latest “outreach programs” when the program that God established is still the best, the family. What a witness to your kids. Instead of mommy or daddy leaving the kids at home to “go do outreach”, the family itself becomes a center of ministry. The church is like a vitamin. Vitamins work well as supplements, but if that’s all you eat you will die. We gather together to supplement the nurturing in God’s Word that is primarily, what goes on in the home. If you desire this for your family, we want to help. We want your families to glorify God and to be strong and when families glorify God, they will be strong!

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The following is taken from the book Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age by Ed Stetzer:

“Another significant impediment to church planting is the idealistic assumption that denominations should first rescue dying churches before planting new ones. Every church planter has heard the refrain, ‘Why should we start new churches when so many struggle and die?’ However, saving dead and dying churches is much more difficult and ultimately more costly than starting new ones. Some authorities even argue that changing a rigid, tradition-bound congregation is almost impossible. As Lyle Schaller has indicated, even if it is possible, nobody knows how to do it on a large scale basis. Starting new churches is much easier and, perhaps a better overall stewardship of kingdom resources.”

2 Timothy 3:16 – 17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

This is an astounding statement made by the Bible about itself. Scripture is inspired, or breathed out, by God Himself. We know that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and therefore His Words are pure and without error. The Bible is inerrant and infallible. It contained no errors as it was written by its human authors because God was working through them as they wrote (2 Peter 1:21). The result is what is called the verbal plenary inspiration of Scripture.  It is verbal because it is the very words that God inspired, not merely thoughts “behind the words.” It is plenary because all of it is equally inspired. Every single word of the Bible is breathed out by God, not just some of the words.

It is true that there are over 700 churches in Charlotte, NC. Why a new church? Aren’t there enough? I think the answer is no.  While there are hundreds of churches, over 50% of the residents of Charlotte are unchurched. We are also convinced that just because people meet in a building on Sunday’s, this doesn’t guarantee that they are a gospel centered church.  Most churches in Charlotte are of two varieties.  Either they are stuck in the 1950’s or they are hooked on entertaining the people. We are neither of these things. In the Book of Acts, the church was characterized by two things: loving doctrine and loving people. Jesus Christ is to be exalted and the culture is to be engaged with His good news.

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Enjoying God is a church that desires to be four things.  First, we are Christian. We believe that it is important what you believe. We hold to the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Second London Confession of 1689. Second, we are Evangelical. We believe in the deity of Jesus, the inerrancy of the Bible, and the Trinity. We believe that without Christ, people will go to a real place called hell and the only way of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ.  Third, we are Missional. We believe that we exist to exalt Christ and to engage the culture. We will not attack the culture in the name on Christ.  On the other hand, we will not sanctify the culture. Christians are not to win the culture for Christ by becoming like the culture. We are to be in the world, not of the world. We must confront the culture, lovingly and boldly, with the good news of Jesus. Fourth, we are Reformed. We believe that God is sovereign and man is responsible.  Our battle cry is simple, “God saves sinners!”

 If you desire to worship God and be empowered by the Spirit to fulfill the mission of God, come enjoy God with us. We are committed to being a church plant that plants churches and sends missionaries.  We desire to complete the Great Commission, not to be a “mega-church.” This site will keep you updated on key dates (i.e. our going public date) as well as other edifying articles.

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