With the greatness of our God and His many blessings through the community of believers, we advise to “come expecting”:
- Expecting to serve. We believe God has uniquely equipped every believer with a gift made up of Spiritual qualities, talents, skills and abilities to build up the body of Christ and promote the Kingdom of God.
- Expecting to be served. It is our understanding that our gifts are to equip and build up the body in a method of service to one another. As each member is serving and receiving service it makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
As a church body we believe in the integration of children in all facets of our worship gathering. Children are a treasure, and it’s our duty as parents to make sure they are being taught, trained and participate in experiencing grace with other believers. So we do not have a nursery or a separate service for children during the main gathering on the Lord’s Day. Rather we encourage our community to come alongside the parents in teaching them how to conduct themselves and learn in the same setting as them. We provide worksheets for older children to take their very own “Sermon Notes” and other activities to hopefully get them engaged. Additionally, we do have a “Training Area” outside of the main gathering where parents can calm a bothered child or have the ability to talk with their child and still view the service. Our desire is for the Lord’s Day to be a complete family experience from beginning to end.
In addition to our corporate worship gathering on Sunday, we encourage active participation in our weekly Ekklesia groups. During these gatherings we often eat, pray, sing, and discuss biblically based content that is Gospel-focused and interactive, taking the Word of God and applying it to our lives through community.
Wednesdays at 6pm :: Christian History
Thursdays at 6pm :: A Walk Through the 1689
Breathe’s Membership Covenant is the means by which the elders call to action what the Word says is the church. Church membership addresses five key areas of the Christian life:
- Identity :: As a Christian you have “put on Christ” as it says in Galatians 3:27. The context of this passage is in regard to our corporate identity with one another. If you are in Christ, you are in His Body, which is made up of other believers (Ephesians 4:1-6).
- Commitment :: We are called to live our Christian lives committed to one another. There are several scriptures in the New Testament that have the phrase “one another” (i.e. Hebrews 10:24-25).
- Order :: The book of Acts and Paul’s letters to “church congregations” clearly indicate an order and structure to the institution. All throughout the New Testament we read about church government, authority, hierarchy, function and discipline.
- Authority :: As a member of the Body of Christ, you should want to know who you are accountable to in the church (Heb. 13:17). The elders of the church, ought to know whom they are accountable for. The New Testament commands appointment of such leaders indicating an identifiable flock to shepherd (1 Thess. 5:12-13, Hebrews 13:7).
- Truth :: Committing to a body of believers allows you to adhere to pastors, teachers and other members who are committed to Truth. Not so much in discovering Truth since we have found it in Christ, but encouraging one another to grow in that Truth.