About Church Membership
While Scripture doesn’t address church membership directly, the concept is implied in Scripture. How can a church obey the words of Jesus about the church or Paul’s instruction to the Corinthian church without membership (Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:2, 12-13)? In an effort to faithfully follow New Testament teaching, FBC has church membership.
Becoming a Member at FBC
In joining FBC, you’re committing to follow the Lord Jesus, to walk alongside fellow Christians, and to live a life that glorifies God. If you are considering membership at FBC, the following must be true…
- You must be a Christian. In other words, you must have turned from your sin and placed your faith in Christ (John 1:12).
- You must have been biblically baptized or be willing to be baptized. First, a biblical baptism happens after you have turned from sin and trusted Christ (Acts 2:41). Second, a biblical baptism is an act of obedience to Christ, not a way to gain salvation (Luke 23:42-43, 1 Corinthians 1:17). Third, a biblical baptism is by immersion which means you go into the water and come out of the water (Matthew 3:16, John 3:23).
- If you were previously a member of a Baptist church of like faith and order, you may transfer your membership from that congregation to our church family.
If you are considering membership at FBC, follow these steps…
If you want to learn more about FBC and membership at FBC, please join us for Starting Point. It is a luncheon after our morning worship service, and is usually held on the second Sunday of the following months: February, April, June, September, and November. Check our calendar for the next opportunity.
Meet the Pastor
Let us know that you are considering membership at FBC, and we’ll schedule a meeting for you with the pastor. At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about FBC, church beliefs, and membership expectations. We’ll have the opportunity to learn more about you and your faith commitment. If you haven’t been baptized, the pastor will discuss baptism and a date may be set for baptism. If you’re unsure about your relationship with Jesus, this will be a great time to talk with our pastor about trusting Christ.
Meet the Congregation
After meeting with the pastor, come forward at the end of a morning worship service to give the congregation an opportunity to meet you and affirm your membership.