About Church Membership
While Scripture doesn’t address church membership directly, the concept is clearly implied in the New Testament. 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, FBU has church membership.
Becoming a Member at FBU
In joining FBU, 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 FBU, 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 FBU, follow these steps…
Let us know that you are considering membership at FBU, and we’ll schedule a meeting with one of our pastors. During this time, we'll have an opportunity to get to know you better, and you'll have a chance to ask questions in an informal setting and get to know us better.
After meeting with a pastor, you will be introduced to the church at the end of a morning worship service to give the congregation an opportunity to meet you and affirm your membership.