BAPTISM AND MEMBERSHIP
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the next step is baptism, which is an opportunity to publicly declare to others that you are now a follower of Christ. In the scripture Jesus commanded His followers to be baptized, therefore, we believe that believer’s baptism through immersion is an important step of obedience for every person who has accepted Christ as his/her Savior and Lord.
When an individual is saved and baptized, he becomes a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Because he is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he is therefore qualified to become a member of a local expression of that body.
To become a member of a church is to formally commit oneself to an identifiable, local body of believers who have joined together for specific, divinely ordained purposes.
Baptism is the believer’s symbolic death and resurrection with Jesus Christ, an outward reflection of an inward renewal. It is carried out once in the Christian’s life as the first step in obedience after turning their lives over to Christ. It's the outward symbol of the commitment you make in your heart. "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9 (NKJV). Therefore, Baptism doesn't make you a believer but it shows that you already believe. Baptism does not "save" you, only your faith in Jesus Christ through faith does that.
The Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.
Want to take the next step towards Baptism and/or Membership?
Please talk with your small group leader or our pastor about your desire to be baptized or become a member, so we might be able guide you through the process and pray. If you are a born-again Christian, we ask you to then...
• Respond during the Time of Commitment at the end of the Sunday worship service so that the Church knows you are interested in either baptism and/or membership, and can pray for you
• Submit a written salvation testimony, nothing elaborate is needed here, just a simple story about who you were before Christ and what led you to commit your life to Him
• Take the appropriate baptism or membership class
• Meet with the pastor for candidate interview and wait for church governing body to review
• Upon the Church’s confirmation of your readiness, proceed with scheduling the baptism and/or sign the membership covenant as soon as it is possible