Saturday, June 15, 2013

Church Membership



1)    Who is eligible for church membership?

Bare essentials of membership – Acts 2:41-47
1. Salvation
2. Believer’s baptism
3. Desire to participate in basic functions of the body
  • ·      Agreement with fundamental doctrines and willingness to be taught
  • ·      Care for other members of the church family (fellowship)
  • ·      Faithful remembrance of the Lord’s Supper
  • ·      Praying for one another

2)    What are my responsibilities to my local church?

1.     Regular attendance – Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25
2.     The Scriptural use of spiritual gift(s) in order to edify the whole church (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:7).
3.     Financial support – 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6,7
4.     Deliberate efforts to cultivate personal holiness through both private and public means of grace – 1Thess. 4:3; 1Peter 1;15,16; 2:2; 2Peter 1:5-8;
5.     Confession and Prayer – James 5:16
6.     Service for the extension of the kingdom of God throughout the world (for example, by witnessing and prayer). Such service must be carried on in the context of the local church – Gal. 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10
7.     Willingness to confront sinning brethren – Gal. 6:1. Openness to being confronted by caring brethren – Matthew 18:15-17
8.     Scriptural honor and submission to those in spiritual authority in the church (1 Thess. 5:12,13; Heb. 13:17), including necessary financial support (1 Tim. 5:17), and prayer for them (Col. 4:2-4).
9.     Mutual care for every member, according to clear Scriptural principles (for example: Rom. 12:10; 13:8; Gal. 6:2; Heb. 3:13; 1 Pet. 4:9; etc.): consider this:

We are to help one another grow toward Christian maturity by:


  • ü  loving one another and
  • ü  bearing one another’s burdens,
  • ü  encouraging one another,
  • ü  exhorting one another,
  • ü  praying for one another,
  • ü  confessing our sins to one another,
  • ü  speaking the truth in love to one another,
  • ü  admonishing one another,
  • ü  building up one another,
  • ü  teaching one another,
  • ü  comforting one another,
  • ü  submitting to one another,
  • ü  serving one another,
  • ü  patiently bearing with one another,
  • ü  being hospitable to one another,
  • ü  living in peace with one another,
  • ü  regarding one another as more significant than ourselves,
  • ü  caring for one another,
  • ü  exercising our spiritual gifts to serve one another,
  • ü  being kind and tenderhearted to one another,
  • ü  being devoted to one another,
  • ü  accepting one another,
  • ü  forgiving one another,
  • ü  greeting one another,






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  4. OF WHAT CHURCH ARE YOU A MEMBER?
    The question has been asked "Of what church are you a member?"

    WHAT CHURCH?

    Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

    I am a member of the church of God which Jesus purchased with His own blood.

    Romans 16:16 .....all the churches of Christ greet you.

    I am a member of the church of Christ.

    Galatians 1:22 I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which are in Christ.

    I am a member of the church that is in Christ.

    1 Thessalonians 2:14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea......

    I am a member of the church of God in Christ.

    I am a member of the church of the Messiah.

    I am a member of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    I am a member of the church of the King of Kings.

    I am a member of the church of the Lord of Lord's.

    I am a member of the church of the Lamb of God.

    I am a member of the church of the Prince of Peace.

    I am a member of the church of the Son of Man.

    I am am member of the church of God's only begotten Son.

    I am a member of the church of the Living God.

    I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

    My church membership is written in the Lamb's book of life. (Rev. 20:15, Rev. 21:17)

    The Lord adds the saved to His church. (Acts 2:47 ... and the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.)

    Jesus gave the instruction on how to be saved and added to His church. (Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....)

    THE CHURCHES I AM NOT A MEMBER OF

    The church of King Henry the VIII.
    The church of Alexander Campbell.
    The church of the Pope.
    The church of John Calvin.
    The church Eudorus N. Bell.
    The church of Alexander Mack.
    The church of Mary Baker Eddy.
    The church of Joseph March.
    The church of John Knox.
    The church of Freemasons.
    The church of Charles Taze Russell.
    The church Martin Luther.
    The church of Menno Simons.
    The church of Joesph Smith.
    The church of George Fox.
    The church of William Booth.
    The church of Ellen G. White.
    The church of Herbert W. Armstrong.
    The church of John Smythe.
    The churches of Catholics.
    The churches of Lutherans.
    The churches of Baptists.
    The churches of Methodists.
    The churches of Episcopalians.
    The churches of Pentecostals.
    The churches of Mormons.
    The churches of the Salvation Army.
    Etc.
    Etc.
    Etc.

    You can join a denomination, but the Lord adds the saved to His church.

    YOU CANNOT JOIN THE LORD'S CHURCH!

    YES, I AM A MEMBER OF THE church of CHRIST. Why, because the Lord adds the saved to His church.

    THE LORD ADDS ALL THOSE, TO HIS CHURCH, WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS TERMS FOR PARDON.

    FAITH: John 3:16
    REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    BAPTISM: (IMMERSION IN WATER) 1 Peter 3:21

    THEN, THE LORD ADDS YOU TO HIS CHURCH!


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