What is Membership?
When Jesus founded the church, he meant it to be more than a spectator event. He told Peter, "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." After Jesus rose again, he sent his disciples out into all the world to make more disciples, to baptize them, and to teach them all the Lord commanded. A part of this process was and is planting churches.
The first church plant happened in Jerusalem at Pentecost when three thousand people were "added" to the membership role on day one (Acts 2:41-47). From there, the church has grown in town after town, city after city, throughout the world. Churches have gathered together throughout the ages, covenanting to walk together and carry out Christ's mission.
When a person comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, they become one spiritually with the body of Christ. After this they are called to make themselves one with a physical body of Christ, a local church.
A person becoming a member will take each of the following steps, but the only one they need to take first is becoming a Christian. After that, each person's journey to membership may vary slightly depending on whether they were previously baptized or if they need to be baptized.
A New Heart - The first step to membership is the most important of all the steps. One must first have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The church represents Christ's body, while Christ is the head of that body. A person must be one with Christ spiritually in order to join the physical body of Christ on the earth.
Baptism - Baptism is symbolic act that declares publicly to the world that one is a believer in Jesus Christ. It is considered the Christian rite of passage. When a person steps into the baptismal waters, they are leaving the world behind. When they are immersed under the water, they are dying to the world and dying with Christ. When they are raised up, they are raised to new life with Christ, leaving their old life behind and entering into the realm of the church.
Membership Covenant - When local churches form, they covenant to do church together. If a new believer wants to join that group of believers, they must agree to the church's covenant, promising to be an active member of that church and to put themselves under its authority for their spiritual growth and perseverance.
Testimony - Before a person is joined to the church, they must share their testimony, explaining how they came to a saving relationship with Jesus.
Vote - When the church gathers together to witness the baptism of new members, they take a moment to vote those new members into the church.
Service & Growth - When a person joins the church, they are joining the mission of that church. It is an exciting thing to join together with other believers and work towards the end for which God created us.
Sign Up for the Next Membership Class
Membership classes and baptisms are held quarterly
Until the next Membership Class on Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30 PM
9 AM & 10:30 AM
34047 Blackfoot Street NW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Mondays 9 AM - 2 PM
Thursdays 2 PM - 8 PM