Two Letters by Lynn F. Martin
In April 2006, Shippensburg Christian Fellowship suffered the tragic loss of Lynn F. Martin, who died unexpectedly of an aneurysm. Brother Lynn had served as bishop of the congregation since its founding in November 1986.
The brethren who founded our congregation came out of a setting, where “hatred among brethren and open carnality had long gone undisciplined.” Troubled by this situation, they met together to study the Bible. The following truths emerged from their study:
- Jesus saves only those who surrender absolutely to his Lordship.
- Faith means following Christ, no matter what.
- The Church is the physical body of Christ—called to do explicitly what Christ would do if he was walking on this earth.
- The Church should not include any member whose life tangibly denies Christ’s Lordship.
- The Church should function as a living body, with each member actively contributing according to his gifts.
- The responsibility of church leaders is to coordinate the church’s discernment of the will of Christ.
- Jesus taught the renunciation of accumulated wealth and a sacrificial sharing of resources, resulting in an actual equality in the brotherhood.
When circumstances compelled these brothers to leave their former setting, these principles guided their thinking and actions as they founded a new fellowship. Continue reading What We Believe and Why