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Statement of Purpose

The Pembroke Pines Vision Statement

The Church of Pembroke Pines exists for the purpose of:

  • Reaching out to everyone in our community, with the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Bringing them in to know the love of Jesus Christ.
  • Building them up in the love of Jesus Christ and
  • Sending each one out to share the love of Jesus Christ around the world, one person at a time.

    Why Join a TLC???

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    A Word From The Pastor

    I am so excited about the awesome potential our new
    TLC (Teaching, Leading, Caring) small groups offer to
    each of us as individuals and as a church family at
    large. Small groups have many benefits that no
    believer can afford to pass up.

    I have heard it said that a small group is
    actually "the church in a small family organization".
    Please read on about the benefits of being in a TLC
    small group. I hope you will join a group and begin to
    experience the joy and benefits of a TLC group.
    Guy Melton

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    1. You will understand the Bible better in a TLC small group.
    If you've ever listened to a Bible teacher or preacher and wanted to stop that person and say -
    "But what about...?" or "I don't understand!", then a
    TLC group is for you! Preaching and teaching is one
    -way communication--you listen while the speakers
    speak. It's fine for imparting knowledge but not as
    effective for personal application as a small group.
    In a small group setting, you can ask questions,
    participate in a discussion of the Bible, and hear
    others share insights and experiences pertaining to
    the truth you are learning. The Bible must be applied
    to our personal situations, and that happens best in a small group.

    2. You will begin to really feel like part of God's
    family. Most people who have been a part of a small
    group Bible study say that the greatest benefit is
    the close relationships and friendships that develop.
    They may telephone each other during the week to
    share an urgent prayer request or an exciting answer.
    You'll discover that your needs and problems are not
    unique--we're all in the same boat. It helps to know
    that others are facing the same difficulties, or have
    lived through them and learned spiritual principles
    in the process.

    Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase "one
    another" is used to describe our relationship to
    other believers. We are instructed to love one
    another, encourage one another, pray for one another,
    accept one another, bear one another's burdens, and
    build up one another. The only way you can obey these
    commands is in a small group. We really do need each
    other. God never meant for you to go it alone in the
    Christian life. If you're lonely, the answer to your
    problem is to join a TLC group.

    3. Prayer will become more meaningful to you. Many
    people are hesitant to pray in front of others,
    especially in a large church. In a small TLC group of 6 to 12, you will learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God. No one is
    pressured to pray, but as you become comfortable,
    you'll be able to pray sentence prayers and join in.
    There are many promises in the Bible related to group
    prayer. In praying together with a few others, we are
    drawn together and we find answers to the needs in our lives.

    4. You will be able to handle stress and pressure
    better. TLC small groups will provide excellent
    support in times of crisis, change, and stress.
    You'll have a sense of stability and security knowing
    there are people who really care for you and are committed to standing with you.
    When someone loses their job, or a family member has an extended illness, or a mother needs a baby sitter
    --these are practical needs that can be naturally taken care of through your small group.
    Your group may coordinate the sharing of hot meals to be brought in when your family is in need.
    Many people can testify that they would not have made it through a difficult time if it hadn't been for the support of their small group.

    5. You will have a natural way to share Christ with unbelieving friends, relatives, and work associates.
    It may be that some of your friends who don't know the Lord wouldn't think of attending a church.
    They have a preconceived idea and just the thought makes them defensive.
    But those same people may be open to an invitation to a casual Bible discussion in a home or neutral setting.
    In a TLC small group, your unbelieving friends can ask questions and express honest doubts without feeling "put on the spot".
    When your friend sees the love and warmth and honesty of your group, it will make him more receptive to the Good News.

    6. You will deepen your understanding of worship.
    Many Christians mistakenly believe that worship can only happen on Sunday morning in a large group with a sermon, a choir, and an offering plate!
    Worship happens any time we focus on God. Worship is the outward expression of our inner faith and love of God.
    Sometimes that happens best in a smaller group in praying or singing together.

    7. You can develop leadership skills you never knew you had!
    The Bible teaches that every believer is given certain talents to benefit others in the family of God. Unfortunately, most Christians remain as Sunday morning spectators all their lives because large group meetings are primarily "sit and listen" situations.
    As you share and participate in a relaxed TLC group setting, you'll discover your confidence and self-esteem rising.
    This will help you at work, at church, and in every other relationship.

    8. You will be a New Testament Christian!
    The book of Acts is very clear about how God intends for His people to grow and have their needs met in the church.
    We will never be able to hire enough professional pastors to meet all the individual needs in our church family.
    God never intended for it to be that way!

    Consider these verses:

  • "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together...they broke bread in their homes and ate together and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47
  • "Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jesus is the Christ." Acts 5:42
  • "Greet also the church that meets at their house." Romans 16:5
  • "Aquilla and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house." I Corinthians 16:1

    Church of Pembroke Pines
    12201 SW 14th Street
    Pembroke Pines, Florida 33025
    (954) 433-4838

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