One of the most frequently asked questions relating to the topic of church membership is...
“Why should I join the church, anyway? After all, it makes no difference - - I can still go to church and participate in all the activities without feeling tied down or committed.”
The last word in that quote is the first reason to join the church - - - COMMITMENT
The Definition of Participating Members
The official Participating Members of this Church are those persons who have intentionally gone through the process of membership, committed themselves to be a part of and uphold the Church family and its values, and have all the membership rights and responsibilities provided in this article of the by-laws.
The Qualifications for Participating Membership
- A personal commitment of faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation along with evidence of a changed heart.
- Scriptural baptism by immersion as a testimony of salvation.
- Public affirmation before other participating members of the church family.
We ask you to commit to membership for 4 reasons:
- A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church. “ …Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25
- A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything… a job… marriage… our country. This attitude has produced “consumer religion.” Becoming a member is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
- A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Membership identifies our family.
- A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
Membership is a door of opportunity. A door that leads to greater growth, identity and fulfillment. Membership strengthens the believer because, through membership, the individual becomes a part of a body. (I Corinthians 12:11-31)
At Starting Point we never ask our members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only expect our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. To find out more about membership at Starting Point, please contact the pastor.