God has given us four pictures of the church, not one. This is not just to emphasize and prove the point by repetition, but also to say four different things about what it means to be a member of a church. To be a stone in his temple means to belong to a worshipping community. To be part of a body means to belong to a living, functioning, serving, witnessing community. To be a sheep in the flock means belonging to a community dependent on him for food, protection, and direction. To be a member of a family is to belong to a community bound by a common fatherhood. Put together you have the main functions of an individual Christian. Evidently, we are meant to fulfill these not on our own but together in the church. Now can you see the answer to the question why you should join a church? — G. Eric Lane
WHY SHOULD I JOIN A CHURCH?
The New Testament presents a picture of definable groups of believers who identified themselves with a particular local body. Church membership enables us to implement the principles of accountability, encouragement, and commitment to the local body of Christ, as defined in the New Testament and practiced in the early church.
Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Acts 2:44, 46; 11:26
Joining a local church is an expression of:
- Your commitment to Christ
- Your commitment to His Church
- Your commitment to the spread of the Gospel
- The church’s commitment to you
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
In a Presbyterian Church, it is the responsibility of the Session (the elders) to examine and receive new members. After you complete a membership information form, which you can fill out online, we will schedule a time where you will meet with at least two elders to share your faith story and your affirmation of the five membership vows (see below).
We welcome into our church family all who profess faith in Jesus Christ, are willing to be or have been baptized and, through the following declarations and promises enter into a solemn covenant with God and His Church:
YOUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST:
1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?
YOUR COMMITMENT TO HIS CHURCH:
4. Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?
5. Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?
[Book of Church Order 57-5]