What is church membership and why do we have it? The idea of church membership brings up many ideas. For some, it brings the idea of petty church politics and control. For others, it’s something as trivial as a name on a list. However, at Emmanuel, we believe that “Membership Matters.”
The local church is the tangible, real-world expression of the Body of Christ. We believe that church membership is implicit in the New Testament in the way believers interact and covenant with one another.
Why should you be a member of a local church?
- Because Jesus loves His Church. In fact, He calls the Church His Bride and loves her so much He died for her. Jesus is committed to His church, are you?
- To display your salvation. Scripture teaches that our vertical connection to God gives us a horizontal connection with other believers (1 John 1:5-10). Part of what a church does is distinguish those that are in Jesus’ flock from those that are not (Matt. 18). We like to say that, “There’s no such thing as Lone Ranger Christians.” In the New Testament to be a part of The Body of Christ also meant being a part of a local Body of Christ. The church is your spiritual family.
- Because you need others. No matter what your temperament, we were not created to live in isolation. God’s plan to save the world was always a group plan. John Wesley said, “There is no such thing as solitary Christianity.”
- Because the church needs you. God has gifted all believers with spiritual gifts. The primary venue for expression of those gifts is in the context of the local church. ( 1 Cor. 12:7;14:12; 14:26; Eph. 4:12)
Church membership has been compared with a team jersey. If you’re on Jesus’ team, why not wear the jersey?
Interested in joining Emmanuel? Fill out the membership application here.
Having Been led by the Holy Spirit of God to accept Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord (l), through whose, shed blood alone we are redeemed
(2), and believing we should be buried with Him in baptism (3), we as
members of Emmanuel Baptist Church do now most solemnly enter into
covenant with God and with one another (4).
We solemnly promise that by the aid of the Holy Spirit (5), we will love one another as becometh brethren, (6) watch for one another’s welfare and bear one another’s burdens, thus fulfilling the law of Christ; (7) that we will remember one another in prayer, (8) comforting one another in
sickness and distress, being slow to take offense, and striving for immediate reconciliation. (9)
We solemnly promise that we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but that we will regularly attend services of worship unless providentially hindered; (10) that we will regularly give of our substance as the Lord prospers us for the support of the Church and the spread of the gospel throughout the whole world; (l l) that we will subscribe to the doctrines of the church and its ordinances and discipline, and pray and labor together for the salvation of souls.(12)
We also promise to maintain daily devotions (13), to search the
Scriptures, “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (14), to educate our
children in the training and admonition of the Lord (15); to walk godly in this world, being just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment (16); “looking for that Blessed Hope, and glorious appearing of the Great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (17)