This is another discernment exercise. The goal of these posts is to get people to avoid harmful and dangerous religious entities; and to allow people to think for themself and analyze a church. This post contains the membership packet for an EFCA church in Garland, Texas. How would you assess Grace Redeemer Church’s membership process? Healthy or solid? Or is it dangerous and cult like?
“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”
Edward De Bono
“To live is to think.”
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
Acts 17: 10-12 NLT
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This blog likes run discernment exercises that will allow people to think critically for themselves and to study what a church is saying. This blog wants to get people to think for themself and to think in a constructive way that is creative. I have not done this in a while but I want to have another discernment exercise of an EFCA church. After all this blog pays attention to the EFCA and reads and researches the organization. Grace Redeemer Church is a part of the EFCA’s Texas and Oklahoma District. Its northwest of Dallas in Garland, Texas. And this church is led by Bob Jennerich. This blog has already written about this EFCA pastor previously.
This exercise is one that allows you to practice discernment. This is a 21 page membership packet for Bob Jennerich’s church. Look this over and think critically about it and ask yourself…would you sign this? If you moved to the Garland area and wanted to get involved in an EFCA church would you sign on the dotted line? Or would the description about the covenant, some of the personal questions asked, and the policies on church discipline raise concerns with you? The goal of a post like this is not to make you critical for the sake of being critical. Instead the goal is to allow you to think for yourself to avoid cults, and dangerous religious organizations. Does Grace Redeemer Church fall into that category? Why or why not? Feel free to discuss below.