Becoming A Member

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The initial phase of any relationship is discovery. Before you do anything, you probably want to learn who someone is, what they like, and what they believe in. It's no different with a church, but it can be more daunting. We want to help.

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Membership

"Why should I become a member of this church?"

First, it’s important to be a part of the church as a whole before trying to connect to just a part of the church (a group, ministry, etc.).

Second, every Christian needs to be shepherded. But who do the Elders and pastors of the church shepherd? They are first and foremost called to shepherd those who have formally said that this church is their church family.

Finally, membership appears to be a biblical idea:

  • Just as the very first Christians were members of a local gathering of God’s people called a church, so anybody who chooses to follow Christ is also choosing to join his people. Joining a local church is a Christian’s way of expressing that they are a part of the universal Church.
  • Christians submit themselves to a local church to express belonging to the body of Christ, and in order to live out God’s commands of how to live with fellow believers and to submit to church leaders.

“Why have a formal membership process? Can’t I just consider myself a part of this church and attend regularly?”

Although the New Testament does not use the term “members” to refer to Christians, perhaps the best case for church membership can be seen in seven observations from Scripture that indicate formal identification as a member of a local church as the standard for Christians:

  • Once a Christian was formally and publicly identified with Christ through baptism, entering into a local church was the next step.
    • “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41).

  • There was no such thing as a “lone-ranger Christian.” Christians met together regularly to worship and share life.
    • “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:46-47).

  • The personal identities of local church members were known to the watching world—even persecutors.
    • “As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” (Acts 8:3).

  • Local churches were planted throughout the known world, each with its own elders who oversaw their church’s members.
    • “And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.” (Acts 14:21-23).

  • Church leaders were made responsible for a specific flock.
    • “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Pet. 5:1-3).

  • Christians were instructed to submit to specific leaders.
    • “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” (Heb. 13:17).

Although these churches in the New Testament may not have had the exact same process for membership that our church uses (like a signed form), being formally identified as part of Christ’s body through one local church is the standard for God’s people. That’s why we encourage every Christian in our church to consider joining us as a member.

Knowing Christ

Part of being a Christian means being a part of a church family, that’s why every believer who calls Liberty their home church should become a member.

Committing to a local church through membership:

  • Is an expression of belonging to the body of Christ
  • Enables you to live out God’s commands of how to live with fellow believers
  • Puts you in a position to be able to submit to God-given church leaders
  • And provides you with access to live out various opportunities at the church
     
But more important than becoming a member at Liberty is knowing Jesus Christ as your savior.

To be a member you have to have trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Following belief, as a public profession, identifying you with Christ, you must be baptized. If you have never been baptized, click here to learn more.

I'm saved, I'm baptized, how do I join Liberty?

If you are saved and a baptized believer you can join Liberty by filling out our membership covenant.