WHAT IS IT?
WHERE DO WE FIND "CHURCH MEMBERSHIP" IN THE BIBLE?
Throughout Old Testament history, God made a clear distinction between his people and the world (see Lev. 13:46, Num. 5:3, Deut. 7:3). Christ says that entering the kingdom of God means being bound to the church “on earth” (Matt. 16:16-19; 18:17-19). Where do we see the church on earth? The local church. The New Testament explicitly refers to some people being inside the church and some people being outside (1 Cor. 5:12-13). This is much more than a casual association. The church in Corinth consisted of a definite number of believers, such that Paul could speak of a punishment inflicted by the majority (2 Cor. 2:6). The New Testament clearly speaks of the reality of church membership, and fills out our understanding of what church membership should practically look like.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Biblical church membership is important because the church presents God’s witness of himself to the world. It displays his glory. Through church membership, non-Christians should see God's people as distinct and seperate. They ought to see God is holy and gracious and that his gospel is powerful to save and transform sinners. Neither can Church discipline work rightly if local church membership doesn't exist.
WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
If you are interested in becoming a member of First Baptist Church of the Lakes, please do not hesitate to connect with us. We hope and pray that each individual in the local church will take advantage of the opportunity that Scripture sets forth. Below are some steps you can begin taking to become a member at First Baptist Church of the Lakes (FBCL):
Express your interest in becoming a member of FBCL to one of our pastors or staff and receive a membership packet which includes information regarding our church confession, church covenant, and member expectations.
Complete a membership request form and return it to either the church office or one of the pastors (For a membership request form, please grab one on the table in foyer or print one).
Listen to our New Membership audio classes.
Participate in a membership interview with an elder of FBCL so they can get to know you. They will listen to your testimony, learn about your previous church experience/background and understanding of the gospel and the church, discuss any relevant issues or concerns with the church confession or church covenant, and discuss various practical issues in church life with you.
"It’s a declaration of citizenship in Christ’s kingdom. It’s a passport. It’s an announcement made in the pressroom of Christ’s kingdom. It’s the declaration that a professing individual is an official, licensed, card-carrying, bona fide Jesus representative.
More concretely, church membership is a formal relationship between a local church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church." -Jonathan Leeman