Welcome to Silver Spring Assembly!
In order to survive today, new believers will need to be taught to know and apply the Word of
God, or they will be deceived and drawn away from the faith. It is their foundation and their
compass. Bible reading, Bible exposition, and Bible curriculum are all necessary for the child of
God to breathe spiritually, let alone grow spiritually.
What to expect.
If new believers are to live by faith, it will take a conscious effort on the part of the spiritually
responsible to show them how to live by faith rather than by their senses.
If done correctly, an intentional ministry of the care and keep of spiritual babies could prove to
be the single greatest tool for church growth in the history of the Assemblies of God. At the same
time, it is a ministry the national office cannot develop because it is almost entirely relational and
as unique as the individuals involved.
Who will I meet?
The greatest opportunity for transformational discipleship will take the greatest of all
commitments: the commitment of love by spiritual moms and dads and brothers and sisters who
will become responsible for babes in Christ who need a healthy, Christian, one-on-one mentor. I
call it the smallest group because you have to have someone who will help the spiritually
helpless through the first days and weeks after their second birth. The need is obvious; the
process is simple. With love, it is a joy; without love, it is a chore. With faith and persistence, the
reward is beyond calculation. To add to the equation, you cannot institutionalize it. It is not a
program but life.
What should I wear?
The Bible tells us to come as we are.
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? – James 2:1-26 (ESV)