Church Membership

If you are interested in becoming a member of Lebanon Baptist Church here is some helpful information.

Why should I join a Church?

A. Jesus loved the Church and all those who love Jesus will come to love His Church.
B. In order to be obedient to the word of God: not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging [one another]; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25. At Pentecost the Bible says that there were about 3,000 added to their number that day. This implies a connection to a local Church. (Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 11:21).
C. There are 58 “one another” statements in Scripture that are commands (Ex. Jn.13:34; Gal. 6:2; He. 3:13).

D. A Church is a voluntary society but it is not merely optional. A believer is to identify himself/herself with the Household of faith.
1. It is part of one’s moral obligation
2. It is for the individual believer’s spiritual health.
3. The Church needs the presence and influence of the individual.

E. Our commitment to God is lived out through our commitment to a local Church. It is in the local Church that we meet together regularly for corporate worship.
F. Allows Church leaders to fulfill their task of shepherding those who have joined the Church.
G. Provides a family in a rapidly changing society.

How Do I Become a Member?

A. Baptism is most often mentioned as the method of inclusion within a local Church. Baptism has no sacramental or saving efficacy. It is understood that a person submitting to Baptism has also confessed Jesus as Lord and savior and therefore already has received a regenerate heart and new birth.

B. A person from another Church of like faith and message may present a letter of recommendation.

C. Some have confessed Christ as Lord and been Baptized but do not have a letter or a record of their previous membership. These may be received by statement of faith and through the interview of qualified Church leaders