Church membership is a commitment to one another—a willing pledge to guard, care, submit, support, and minister together for the building up of our church body.
Our first concern is that you have a right relationship with God. While we believe it is important to be a member of a local church, joining a local church will not make you right with God. The Bible teaches us that we all have rebelled against God. Our sins have separated us from God, and will eventually separate us from Him for all eternity. The good news is that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, proving His victory over sin and death. Jesus offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who will turn from their life of rebellion and trust Him as their Lord and Savior. Repentance and Faith in Christ alone are necessary for true salvation. We would love to visit with you or you can read further about what it means to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
Once a person becomes a Christian, it is important to join a local church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of God from the Bible. While our commitment to Christ is personal, it was never intended to be private. We are to live out the Christian life in fellowship with other believers.
So who should be a member in a church? In order to join a church, someone should be:
A baptized believer.
Only someone who credibly professes faith in Christ should be a member of a Christian church. And only those who have publicly identified with Christ by baptism should publicly identify with His church by membership.
A regular attender.
A church cannot oversee and affirm a person’s profession of faith if they do not regularly attend. Without attendance, membership is meaningless.
Confessing the same faith as the church and willing to live as a Christian together with the church.
A Christian should be able to affirm a church’s statement of faith. Only someone who agrees with the church’s stated beliefs and who intends to live a life marked by love for the members of that church should become a member.
Willing to submit to the leadership of the church.
If a person isn’t willing to follow the church’s leaders he will inevitably stir up division and strife. It’s best to join a church whose leaders can be followed.
The idea in all this is not to be exclusive or to turn people away. The point in all these things, for prospective members, is that the church is supposed to reflect God’s character to the world. When a church’s members are genuine, growing Christians, God’s glory is put on display and the story of Jesus is shown to the world. It’s actually a good thing to require that church members be genuine Christians; it’s good for their own souls, it’s good for non-Christians, and it brings glory to God.
If you have any questions about joining our church family, please email our pastor, Craig. He would love to meet with you to discuss membership at First Christian! We are growing by God's grace and for His glory.