Philosophy of Membership

When we trust in God through Jesus Christ, we are saved from our sins -- but the Good News doesn't end there. We are not merely saved - we are made new. As a new creation, a disciple of Jesus becomes so much more than a believer. A disciple of Jesus is actually adopted into the family of God. 

It only gets better from there. Jesus brings us into His family as His brothers and sisters - children of the King of Heaven – and he invites us to become a part of His Body. St. Paul says it this way in 2 Corinthians 11:4-12: 

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 

You are invited to join us as an extension of the family of God and Body of Christ. 

Church Membership at FPC  

The Meaning of Membership 

A.    The incarnation of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives to the church not only its mission but also its understanding of membership. One becomes an active member of the church through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and acceptance of his Lordship in all of life. 

B.    Baptism and a public profession of faith in Jesus as Lord are the visible signs of entrance into the active membership of the church. 

C.    Persons may enter into active church membership in the following ways: 

1.     profession of faith, 

2.     reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ, or 

3.     transfer a certificate from some other church. 

When persons baptized as infants reach an age when they are ready to make public their profession of faith and accept their responsibility in the life of the church, the session should invite, encourage, and help them prepare for their responsibility as active church members. The age at which young persons should make such public profession is not precisely fixed. It is left to the prudence of the session to judge, after careful examination, the readiness of those who apply for active membership. 

D.    When persons who have not been baptized desire to profess their faith in Christ and be incorporated in the life of the church as believers, they shall do so by making public their profession of faith and receiving baptism after appropriate instruction and examination by the session. 

E.    Persons who have made a profession of faith and have been received into membership in a particular church may be received by the session upon receipt of a certificate of transfer from the church in which they have been most recently a member. 

F.    It is sometimes the case that persons who previously made a profession of faith and became active members in a particular church are unable to secure a certificate of transfer or other evidence of church membership. After instruction and examination by the session, these persons shall reaffirm publicly their profession of faith and their acceptance of responsibility in the life of the church. 

Membership as Ministry 

A faithful member accepts Christ’s call to be involved responsibly in the ministry of his Church. Such involvement includes: 

A.    proclaiming the good news; 

B.    taking part in the common life and worship of a particular church; 

C.    praying and studying Scripture and the faith of the Christian Church; 

D.    supporting the work of the church through the giving of money, time and talents; 

E.    participating in the governing responsibilities of the church; 

F.    demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church; 

G.   responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others; 

H.    living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural and social relationships of life; 

I.      working in the world for peace, justice, freedom and human fulfillment.


 

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