What Does It Mean To Be A Member
We recognize the need for membership based on the following reasons:
BIBLICALLYIt is commanded in God’s Word that we meet together as a church and have fellowship with one another. We are the body of Christ and placed in the His body (Heb. 10:24 –25, 13:17). Christ Himself is committed to His church as a body (Eph. 5:25).
CULTURALLYIt is a solution to a pervasive problem in our society. The lack of commitment and loyalty in modern day America is evident in workplaces, marital relationships and almost every institution in the country. This attitude has even produced a generation of ‘church shoppers and hoppers’. A commitment and accountability to church membership therefore swims against the current of individualism and isolation. Church membership builds character and enhances a sense of belonging and stability in the believer’s life and family.
PRACTICALLYChurch membership clearly defines who can be depended on and who can depend on the church community to stand with them through problems, crises, and trails. Membership identifies us as members of God’s family with shared values, interdependent upon each other. It is also seen in compassion for each other as under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
PERSONALLYKnowing and experiencing Christ through Church membership can produce spiritual growth. The New Testament places major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you are not committed to any specific church family.
What Is Expected of Church Members?
Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and being in agreement with reasons for membership and the beliefs of the church, I choose to do everything within my powers and abilities through the Holy Spirit to unite with the church family at Light of the World Church. As I fulfill my responsibility to my church, I pledge to God and promise to my fellow members to do the following:
- To value and support the unity of the church by (a) acting in love toward other members, (b) abstaining from gossip, (c) seeking and following the guidance and direction of the church leadership and (d) recognizing and submitting to God’s authority in the local church as represented by my Pastor and his leadership team, supporting and praying for them (John 15:17; Eph. 4:29; Heb. 13:17).
- To support the vision, mission and testimony of my church by (a) inviting the unsaved to church services when the opportunity arises, (b) giving warm welcome to those who visit the church, (c) always seeking peace, oneness and unity, exhibiting the love of Christ and Christ-like living as empowered by the Holy Spirit, and (d) allowing myself to be changed as I receive training in the Word. (Luke 14:23; Phil. 1:27; Romans 15:7).
- To participate in church activities and ministries by (a) seeking to discover and use my gifts and talents, (b) being equipped to serve, (c) developing a servant’s heart in my services to the Lord and His people, and (d) fellowshipping with others, participating in and enjoying unhindered praise and worship, and valuing my place in the Body as set by God. (1 Pet. 4:10; Eph 4:11–12; Phil. 2:3 –4, 7).
- And to be committed and to share responsibility of my church by (a) praying for its holiness, purity and growth (spiritually and numerically), (b) attending consistently, (c) faithfully giving tithes and offerings, and (d) faithfully serving. (1 Thess. 1:2; Heb. 10:25; Phil. 1:27; 1 Cor. 16:2; Lev. 27:30).