Your New Church Membership

Why Church Membership is Important

Scripture instructs believers to not to neglect to meet together,  –as some customarily do–  but encouraging one another, and doing this all the more since you can see the day of Christ approaching.  (Hebrews 10:24-25).  True Holiness Walnut Hills believe that membership is a statement of commitment to the church ministry and its people, as well as a sign of your desire to be a dedicated disciple of Christ.  Through church membership the body is enhanced.  Know that you, along with other people, have made a formal commitment to each other.  An article in Christianity Today magazine explains why church membership is necessary.  Click here to read entire article.  An excerpt of that article is as follows:

Biblical Membership

Why then do we have membership? Because regardless of how the culture sees it or Christians misunderstand it, membership is not simply an opportunity to say, I’m a part of a club, but rather a scriptural expression of covenant connectedness to a church.

Membership Matters

God makes us a part of his larger family when we are born again. But then we should covenant in a local body and live in community with them, agreeing to live by certain established godly principles and standards.

Membership doesn’t save us. But it enables us to grow and become spiritually mature in Christ. Not only should we be members of the body, each of us should also be able to express the value of membership in a congregation. Hopefully, then people will stop squirming when we bring up the topic, but instead passionately embrace the biblical nature of church membership.

Admitting a New Member

God’s way into the church has not changed since the Day of Pentecost.  We must enter by repentance, and baptism with water and spirit. (Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Acts 19:5).

All who shall be officially recorded as members or seeking membership must be filled with the Holy Ghost as is demonstrated in the book of Acts.

Upon accepting the request for membership, the pastor shall ask the prospective member to publicly commit to the following church disciplines:

I will regularly attend and participate in church services

I will help support the church through paying tithes and offerings, all my financial increase.

I will participate in congregational business meetings

I will submit to the church authority and discipline

I will commit to personal spiritual discipline of weekly Bible reading, daily prayer, private and congregational worship, fellowship with the saints and participate in an outreach ministry.

I will share responsibility for the care and nurturing of my fellow members and the physical property of the church.

Qualifications to Maintain Active Membership

Members must be  law abiding citizens, they must be saved from the bondage of  sin, and keep themselves unspotted from the world by eliminating all habits such as tobacco, alcoholic drinks, profanity, and all uncleanness according to Colossians 3:5-17.  (Also read 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Corinthians 9:27; James 1:27)

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