Why should i join a church?
Jesus loved the Church and all those who love Jesus will come to love His Church.
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 numbers that day. This implies a connection to a local Church. (Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 11:21)
There are 58 “one another” statements in Scripture that are commands (Ex. Jn 13:34; Gal. 6:2; Hebr. 3:13).
A Church is a voluntary society, but it is not merely optional. A believer is to identify himself/herself with the Household of faith.
It is part of one’s moral obligation.
It is for for the individual believer’s spiritual health.
The Church needs the presence and influence of the individual.
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.
Allows Church leaders to fulfill their task of shepherding those who have joined the Church.
Provides a family in a rapidly changing society.
How do i become a member?
All those wishing to join must participate in an interview meeting. After the meeting is conducted and the Elders are satisfied that the candidate meets the biblical qualifications, they will ask the candidates to come to one of our Quarterly Meetings and there they will be presented for membership and be asked to give a brief statement concerning their salvation experience and baptism. If they have not been baptized (by immersion) the church members present at the meeting will vote to authorize the pastor to baptize the individual(s).
The following criteria are necessary to be considered for church membership:
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.
If an individual has been Baptized and is currently a Church member at a Church of like Faith and Message, they may request a letter of recommendation from that Church. Our Church office will handle the request for letter.
Those who have confessed Christ as Lord and been Baptized but do not have a letter or a record of their previous church membership. These may be received by statement of faith and through the interview of qualified church leaders.