We welcome into the membership of the congregation any scripturally baptized and faithful Christian who wants to work and worship under the elders of this congregation.
- Scriptural baptism is immersion of a penitent believer who has been taught the truth and who after confession of faith in Christ obeys in baptism in order to have forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Acts 8:37-39; 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; et al.)
- Most denominations do not teach the above. Instead they typically baptize people who have been told they have already been saved. Such baptisms are not scriptural and cannot be accepted. There is a New Testament precedent for those who had been taught wrong being baptized again (Acts 19:1-6).
- One who understood and obeyed Bible baptism does not need to be baptized again. The reality is, however, that most denominations do not baptize for the right purpose. One who was scripturally baptized and subsequently affiliated with a denomination should discuss his or her situation with the elders and/or preacher.
Faithful members of the church of Christ who move into this area are invited to place membership with us. One should make this desire known to the leadership. Typically, one or more of the elders should have a cordial get-acquainted interview.
- A letter of recommendation is not necessary, but we do appreciate information about one’s former congregation.
- Anyone who has drifted away from the church should confess the sin and be restored.
- Placing membership means accepting responsibilities as a member, under the leadership of the congregation’s elders. This means commitment to support the work and being faithfully involved. Circumstances sometimes hinder some attendance, but it is expected that members endeavor to be present for all the regular classes and assemblies of the church. One who expects to intentionally neglect the classes and worship assemblies needs to carefully examine his or her commitment to the Lord.
Long ago someone in the Bible said, “Come thou with us, and we will do thee good.” We want to borrow that statement and say to all that we want you to be a part of this church—for the good you can do us and the good we can do for you. We are delighted to have new members and we want everyone to feel welcome. Still, it is important to understand that one should not come into the church without a genuine commitment.