NEXT STEPS: How To Commit To Church Membership

Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Ephesians 2:19 LB

Many American Christians are “floating believers,” uncommitted people claiming to be Christians but not willing to cement themselves to a local family of Christians, and roll up their sleeves and obey God. Instead they hop from one local church to another without identity, accountability, or commitment. They have not learned that Christianity is not just believing, it includes belonging. The rampant sin of American culture, rugged individualism, refuses to commit and stay in marriage, forgets to stick to commitments, and will not take responsibility and join anything, let alone the church.

But we grow spiritually by being in relationship to other Christians! Romans 12:10 says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.” (Please read Are we really, Biblically, personally following Jesus? Part 6 Following Jesus means committing your life to be a member of a local church)

Like a basketball player without a team, a soldier without a fighting unit, a drummer without a band, and a child without a family—a Christian without a local church is unproductive, disconnected, and a spiritual weakling. 1 Timothy 3:15 [NCV] states, “… the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth.” A Christian without an active membership in a local church is an orphan!

Church is not an institution, instead it is the family and the local active community of the living God. Isolationism is wrong for a true born again believer. “First they gave themselves to the Lord; and then, by God’s will, they gave themselves to us as well.” 2 Corinthians 8:5 [GNB] Jesus taught that the mark of love for one another, was the evidence for love to Him [John 13:34-35].

By joining River of Life Fellowship Church you receive the following benefits that are not fulfilled anywhere else in the world:

  • Worship helps you keep your focus on God. It strengthens and prepares you spiritually and emotionally for the week ahead.
  • Fellowship helps you face life’s problems by providing the support and encouragement of other Christians.
  • Discipleship helps you fortify your faith by learning the truth of God’s Word and applying biblical principles to your lifestyle.
  • Ministry helps you find and develop your talents and use them in serving others.
  • Evangelism helps you fulfill your mission of reaching your friends and family for Christ.

Here at River of Life Fellowship Church we have three basic steps for membership: 1] a personal profession of Christ as Lord and Savior, 2] baptism by immersion as a public symbol of one’s faith, 3] and completion of a meeting with the pastor who will help you clearly understand the gospel, the vision of our church, and your NEXT STEPS.

Profess Christ as Lord and Savior

We are not asking for empty religious statements of belief. By asking a person to publicly profess that Jesus is the only one who could rescue them from their rebellious sinful life is a proclamation of salvation. Publicly proclaiming that Jesus is the Lord or absolute sovereign of their life puts them under the authority of God’s Word, the Bible. Just like a husband and wife, members must have the same goals and work together. Anyone that is not willing to really “marry” the church will only resist the truth, cause problems, eventually condemn and judge the family, and then quit attending church gatherings.

Basic Principles Of The Church Membership Covenant

Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with the statements, strategy, and structure, I now believe the Holy Spirit wants me to unite with the River of Life family. In doing so, I COMMIT myself to God and to the other members to do the following:

1/ I will protect the unity of my church

… by acting in love toward ALL other members [1 Corinthians 13]

… by refusing to gossip

… by following the leaders

“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together” Romans 14:19 [Phillips]

“Have a sincere love for other believers, love one another earnestly with all your heart” 1 Peter 1:22 [TEV]

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs” Ephesians 4:29

“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you” Hebrews 13:17

 

2/ I will share the responsibility of my church

… by praying for its growth

… by inviting the unchurched to attend worship gatherings

… by warmly welcoming those who visit

“To the church—… We always thank God for you and pray for you constantly” 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2 [LB]

“The Master said to the servant, ’Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full” Luke 14:23 [NCV]

“So warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified” Romans 15:7 [LB]

 

3/ I will serve the ministry of my church

… by discovering my gifts and talents

… by being equipped to serve by my pastor

… by developing a servant’s heart

“serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you” 1 Peter 4:10 [Phillips]

“[God] gave … some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4:11-12

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: ‘Who … [took on] the very same nature of a servant” Philippians 2:3-4, 7

 

4/ I will support the testimony of my church

… by attending faithfully

… by living a godly life

… by giving regularly

… by seeking help when I an weak spiritually

“Let us not give up meeting together … but let us encourage one another” Hebrews 10:25

“Whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ” Philippians 1:27 [Phillips]

“Each one of you, on the first day of the week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering” 1 Corinthians 16:2 [LB]

“A tenth of [all your] produce … is the Lord’s, and is holy” Leviticus 27:30 [NCV]

 

Remember the church is all the people called out from the world that are following Jesus. As Christians, Jesus commands all His followers to become best friends with local believers, unite into teams so that the world can see and believe in the gospel, show God’s love for each other by helping one another, and to work together to fulfill the mission He gave us.

Is this your next step? Connect with our church now.

NEXT STEPS |  BAPTISM | JOIN THE FAMILY | RELENTLESS PURSUIT | GUIDELINES FOR NEW CHRISTIANS | READ THE BIBLEFELLOWSHIP | COMMUNION | PRAYER GATHERINGS

 

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