Following The Way (an early description in Acts of what it means to be a Christian) means belonging in addition to believing. God has always called His people into groups whether that group is the nation of Israel, a remnant, the disciples, or the churches scattered across the Roman Empire and now the world. Christianity was never intended to be solely a private experience. We are created to live in fellowship with God and with one another.
Fellowship at Broadmoor is multi-faceted, and includes the following principles:
Oneness with God.
Jesus’ remarkable prayer in John 17 includes the following request: “I pray . . . that they may be one, even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You so that they may be in Us” (v. 21, also in v. 23). This unity with God underscores the love He has for us and the love we are to have for Him. The Trinity itself provides an illustration of how we relate to God and to one another: three yet one.
Love for one another.
The reigning imperative in the New Testament is “love one another.” The apex is Jesus’ “new commandment” in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Being gracious with one another.
Unity in love does not mean unanimity of opinion. The doctrine of the priesthood of the believer means that each individual, in good conscience before God, discerns God’s direction and will. We do not always agree, but we are committed to being gracious in differences (Phil. 4:5) and to living peaceably with one another (Rom. 12:18). Our love for one another is expressed in unity, grace, encouragement, and forgiveness as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13).
Commitment to live honorably.
The New Testament presents us with multiple lists of virtues (Rom. 5:3-4, Gal. 5:22-23, Phil. 4:8, 2 Pet. 1:5-7 are a few examples). These virtue lists remind us to live in a particular way. We believe membership at Broadmoor should lead us to be better people.
Fellowship means being together. Find places to be with your brothers and sisters in Christ. The Broadmoor Bulletin and the announcements on the back of the Sunday morning order of worship are the best ways to be informed about opportunities for fellowship at Broadmoor.