WHAT IS THE CHURCH?
Church membership is the commitment of baptized believers to be identified and involved with a local body of Christians.
The next step following Baptism is Discipleship! This occurs within the Church. The church is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church consists of believers at all times in all places, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body.
The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together locally in the spirit of love and unity to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word. Discipleship is the local church’s process of progressively moving Christians from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity so that they are able to repeat the process with someone else. It is learning to progressively live all of life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 15:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; Romans 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16, 12; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11, 21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2, 3; 7:9-17; 21:2-3)
If you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you are seeking church membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to follow-up with you to answer any questions you may have and help you find a place of connection in a local church. God bless you and we look forward to all the LORD has in store for your life!