WHAT IS CHURCH MEMBERSHIP AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
At New Hope we encourage membership in the local church. Church Membership is a commitment to love and invest in God’s people. This commitment is essential for a Christian’s growth in relationship with Jesus. Membership also allows others to invest in you and build relationships that are lacking in casual attendance.
Membership is making a statement that as a Christian, we are identifying with a local body of believers and are committing to the unity and work that God is doing in that church. Joining a church demonstrates outwardly what has already happened inwardly in our lives. Because we become a part of the Body of Christ by receiving Him as Savior (John 1:12), we want to become an active member of a local church, which is a local expression of the Body of Christ.
GOD’S PLAN IS THAT WE WOULD BELONG TO LOCAL CHURCHES
Scripture makes it clear that God’s plan for His church centers in the local church community. Actually, the Bible seems to take for granted that we are part of a church community. Many scriptures refer to the local church community (Timothy 5:3-16, Romans 16:1-16, Acts 6:1-6, 1 Corinthians 5:1-12,…).
Church membership is for our safety, growth and connection with others who have had a similar experience with Christ so we may be a blessing to each other. If you want to learn more about church membership and membership at New Hope please attend one of our upcoming classes.
How do you join?: To complete membership, students and adults attend the adult membership class, complete and turn in Book of Life and Covenant forms, and are or have been baptized by immersion.
Children must talk with a Children’s Minister and attend the Children’s Membership Class prior to baptism by immersion.
What is Who Me? Who Me is a vital part of membership. The 6th week of the class is the Membership Class. Who Me is strongly encouraged for all joining the church.
What is Discussed in Membership Class:
How do you join New Hope? Adults and Children
Who we are at New Hope. Southern Baptist Church, NH History, Mission Statement (based on great commission is DDD) Mathew 28:18-20
Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Baptism, and Sanctification
What we believe about God, the Bible, the Lord’s Supper, Baptism and discipleship,…