If you’ve ever hosted a party at your house, you know that you have different responsibilities than everyone else. Yes, you might ask your friend to pick something up at the store on the way, but you wouldn’t ask a friend to go pick up your bedroom or clean your bathroom. That would be an expectation of a family member. In this week’s message,  we talk about how the church has different responsibilities and expectations for those that attend as well. The church is to be welcoming, loving, and generous to everyone but the church has a much greater responsibility to those who are a part of their local body. But in order to do this, there must be a distinction between who is in that family and who is not. This check in week also allows those who attend to give us an update on how they are growing spiritually so that we can work to help them take their next steps.



This weekend we are talking about three categories of people who are here at Grace.


Guests: Those who are just checking out Grace Church and faith. This group is the reason why our church exists.


Friends: Those who come on a regular basis and like it here. When you go to church you call Grace Church home. You help our church serve others through a service team and help us help other people find and follow Jesus.

Acts 1:8


Family: Those who have chosen place their faith, hope, and trust in Jesus. Have plugged in and are sold on being a part of this church family.

Acts 2:41-42


The reason we do the Friends & Family Check In is so that you can tell us how you see yourself at Grace Church and so we know how we can continue to help you grow as a follower of Jesus.

9 Markers Of A Growing Follower Of Jesus

  • Generous – giving back to God the first of what He has given to them (Acts 2:45)
  • Relational – Prioritizing Biblical community (Acts 2:44&46)
  • Intentional – Helping Others find faith (Matthew 4:19)
  • Involved – Serving those in our church family (Acts 4:32)
  • Devoted – Setting a Godly example at home ( 1 Timothy 5:8)
  • Responsible – Blessing my community (Jeremiah 29:7)
  • Consistent – Prioritizing weekly services ( Hebrews 10:25)
  • Faithful – Spending regular time with God (James 4:8)
  • Encouraging – Helping friends grow in their faith (Proverbs 27:17)