What is Church Membership?
Church membership is a formal relationship between a local body of believers and a Christian. It is a declaration by the local body of believers affirming citizenship of Heaven. While no church has authority to declare people as righteous before God, church membership functions as an affirmation saying, "This person lives out the Christ they profess."
Is Church Membership Biblical?
One of the more popular objections to church membership is the idea that it is not biblical. While church membership is not specifically stated in Scripture, the idea of a Christian not belonging to a local body of believers would be foreign to the First Century Churches. Christians gather together to build each other up, encourage one another, mourn together, hold each other accountable, and worship together. That is why the author of Hebrews states, "Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:25). While we will not find the words "Church membership" in the Bible, church membership is vital to the spiritual well-being of believers.
Why Is Church Membership Important?
Church membership allows for believers to be held accountable and to hold others accountable. By joining a local body of believers in a formal relationship it opens the door to having other Christians help us walk through life together. The Christian life cannot be one of isolation. Jesus states in John 13:35, "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), which are evidence of the Spirit dwelling inside of believers, are not easily practiced in isolation. Christians have always been called together to be the body of Christ.
How Do I Become a Church Member?
Church membership begins with making a decision to follow Christ. One cannot be united to a local body of believers if they have yet to unite with Christ. If you have more questions about following Christ, we would love to talk to you, just let us know. While no church has final authority on who is saved and who is not; by joining Ascension Baptist, we communicate, to the best of our knowledge, that you are a child of God.
By Profession of Faith and Baptism
If you have made a profession of faith and trusted Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, we would love to be able to talk to you. We believe the next step for new believers is obedience to Christ by following Him in Baptism.
By Statement of Faith
If you have previously made a profession of faith and been obedient to Christ in Scriptural Baptism but have never joined a church or been a member of a church of another denomination, we still welcome you here to Ascension Baptist.
By Letter from a Southern Baptist Church
If you are moving your membership from another Southern Baptist Church this is accomplished by a request of letter by our church. Don't worry though, you do not have to physically bring a letter with you, we will take care of that.
How do I become a Christian?
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How do I get Baptized?
Believer's Baptism is the next step in following Jesus. If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and would like more information on being baptized, we would love to talk with you.Learn More
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