Becoming a member...
One of the most frequently asked questions relating to the topic of church is about membership. “Why should I join the church? After all, it makes no difference—I can still go to church and participate in all the activities without feeling tied down or committed.” The last word in that quote is the first reason to join the church—COMMITMENT.
Church membership is a step of commitment in which the dedicated Christian expresses through both word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord and Master in his/her life. This commitment involves several areas of a Christian’s life:
- Commitment to God (Matthew 22:37)
- Commitment to the family (Proverbs 12:7b)
- Commitment to personal growth (Philippians 3:14)
- Commitment to ministry (Ephesians 4:11, 12)
The key to a Christian’s successful commitment lies in accountability to the local church and its leadership. (Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13.) Without this accountability it is too easy to falter. But with the loving support, encouragement, and challenge of the leadership and congregation, each person cannot only maintain, but grow in his/her Christian commitment.
There is a second reason to join a local church membership, and that is RELATIONSHIP. There is no such thing as “Lone Ranger” Christianity, We, “as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 2:5) We are being built together as a spiritual house for the work of the ministry.
“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) We complement one another with our different and unique talents and abilities as we join together as a team. Each one of us has a very important function within the body and together we are able to accomplish great things for the glory of God.
When you enter the door of the church for the first time, the people open their arms and accept you unconditionally and without reservation. But all relationships are two-way, and this requires you to reciprocate by opening your arms and embracing the church with the support and commitment of your time, talent, and treasures.
COMMITMENT and RELATIONSHIP—these are the two primary reasons a Christian should join a local church. As a member, you are given the opportunity to serve and use your spiritual gifts and help fulfill the Great Commission through this body.
Benefits of Church Membership
LIVING WATERS NEEDS YOU:
FOR STRENGTH—A church is only as strong as its members. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
FOR DIRECTION—A church needs the input and commitment of its members. “And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.” (Acts 2:43)
FOR MINISTRY—A church meets the needs of others with people, not programs. “And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” (Acts 2:45)
FOR UNITY—A church that has many united touches its community. “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.” (Acts 2:46)
FOR GROWTH—A church senses growth through people. “Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47)
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FOR STRENGTH—A member receives encouragement from other believers
FOR DIRECTION—A member is channeled like a river within its banks by the vision of the church
FOR MINISTRY—A member is given opportunity to serve others
FOR UNITY—A member develops Christian relationships with others
FOR GROWTH—A member stretches spiritually through the programs of the church
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Five-Statement Pledge of Faith
- God is who He says He is.
- God can do what He says He can do.
- I am who God says I am.
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- God's Word is alive and active in me.