Membership in a church is not like membership in any other community. Members in an ordinary community are consumers; the organization exists to serve them. The church is a completely different community – membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.
BIBLICAL SUPPORT FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Although there is no hard and fast proof text for church membership in the New Testament, there are five key passages that give significant strength to the Biblical argument for church membership.
- The example of the early church. (Acts 2:42-47)
- The qualifications for church leadership. (1 Timothy 3:1-13)
- The command to practice church discipline. (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
- The call to edify one another. (1 Peter 4:7-11)
- The earthly display of a spiritual reality. (Ephesians 3:8-10)
PRACTICAL SUPPORT FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Church membership encourages collaboration and defies individuality. In a culture where commitment is becoming a phobia, church membership is an arena in which individuals are provided an opportunity to serve sacrificially, give generously and minister effectively. Church membership provides an opportunity to:
- Accept personal accountability.
- Voluntarily submit to church leadership as they submit to God.
- Contribute personally in attendance, prayer, giving and serving.
- Enter into a covenant relationship with fellow members.
- Accomplish more as a group than could be accomplished individually.
- Build relationships with people you would not otherwise know.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Church membership is for those whose lives evidence an increasing application of the principles of the gospel to the situations of their everyday lives, and whose character increasingly reflects the holiness of God. In order to become a member of the New Life body each individual must testify to:
- A regenerate life changed by the Gospel.
- Having been baptized as a believer.
- Agreement with the doctrinal statement.
- Commitment to the church covenant.
To learn more about membership, register for our next New to New Life Class. In this class, the Elder Team will share the “why” behind what we do at New Life CityChurch. Classes are held every month. Click the link for more information.
Having been led by the Spirit of God to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior, and on profession of my faith having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, I do now in the presence of God and this assembly, commit to unite with New Life CityChurch. In making this commitment I resolve by the help of the Holy Spirit to endeavor to serve God and the New Life community of believers in the following ways:
I WILL PRIORITIZE MY PERSONAL WALK WITH GOD
- By pursuing my own and my family’s spiritual growth by prioritizing God’s Word in personal Bible study and application(2 Timothy 2:15).
- By living for the glory of God and reflecting the love of God in my private, public, and church relationships (1 Corinthians 10:31).
- By attending church services faithfully and encouraging my fellow church members (Hebrews 10:25).
I WILL STRIVE FOR UNITY IN THE NEW LIFE CHURCH BODY
- By practicing Christ-like love toward other members (1 John 4:7).
- By refusing to gossip or deal with problems in an unbiblical manner (Matthew 18:15-17).
- By supporting the leadership of the church with prayer, commitment and faithful financial giving (2 Corinthians 8:1-5).
- By watching over fellow members in Christian love through prayer and help in times of sickness or other difficulties (Galatians 6:10).
- By accepting and reciprocating spiritual encouragement from fellow members (Acts 2:42).
- By living a holy, God-centered life and walking carefully and honestly in the world in faithfulness to my commitments (1 Peter 1:13-16).
I WILL REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD
- By seeking with the help of the Holy Spirit, the salvation of all acquaintances (Matthew 28:19-20).
- By encouraging spiritual growth in others through discipleship (2 Timothy 2:2).
- By utilizing my gifts and talents for mutual edification (1 Corinthians 12:12).
- 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
- Hebrews 10:25 – “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- 1 John 4:7 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
- Matthew 18:15-17 – “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 – “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.”
- Galatians 6:10 – “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
- Acts 2:42 – “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
- 1 Peter 1:13-16 – “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.””
- Matthew 28:19-20 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
- 2 Timothy 2:2 – “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
- 1 Corinthians 12:12 – “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
Want to learn more about New Life CityChurch?
Every month, the Elder Team hosts “New to New Life” – a class where we share the “why” behind what goes on at New Life CityChurch. During the class, members of the Elder Team share their story, their vision for New Life CityChurch and answer questions about the ministry. We also share the mission, values and goals of New Life CityChurch and share information on how new people can get involved as we share the Good News of Jesus with Kansas City.
Classes are held on either Wednesday evening or Sunday evening. Check the event calendar for the next class.
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