We are happy that you have an interest in becoming a member of Christian Life Assembly. We believe that church membership is very meaningful and important. Since membership in the church gives the individual the high privilege of electing its pastor and officials and setting major church policies, it is imperative that members be in agreement with, believe, and adhere to the church doctrines and practices set forth as follows.
Each candidate for membership shall be expected to give evidence of having been “born again” of the Spirit of God. The inward evidence is the witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence to all people is a life of obedience.
I will protect the unity of my church
Romans 14:19 So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. (NAS)
… by acting in love toward other members
I Peter 1:22 Have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
… by refusing to gossip
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
… by following the leaders
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
… by respecting the diversity of the body of Christ
I Cor 12:4-6 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working , but the same God works all of them in all men.
I will share the responsibility of my church
… by praying for its spiritual and numerical growth
Ephesians 1:15-16 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
… by inviting the unchurched to attend
Luke 14:23 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.' (RSV)
… by warmly welcoming those who visit
Romans 15:7 Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (RSV)
I will serve the ministry of my church
… by discovering my gifts and talents
I Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
… by being equipped to serve
Ephesians 4:11-12 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
… by developing a servant’s heart
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interest, but also to the interest ofothers.
I will support the testimony of my church
… by attending faithfully
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
…by giving regularly
Leviticus 27:30 A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy. (LB)
2 Corinthians 9:7 each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
… by living a Christ-centered life
Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
A FINAL WORD
After you have given prayerful attention to the matter, please complete the attached application and return it to the church office. You will also need to attend the Membership Class. The application will be reviewed by the Board of Deacons. You will be notified of their decision and upon approval will be received into membership.