At Grace Bible Church, we recognize the need for formal membership, and we commit to membership for four reasons:
1. A BIBLICAL REASON: IT IS THE CULTURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand in all.” Acts 2:41 (NLT)
2. A CULTURAL REASON: IT IS AN ANTIDOTE TO OUR SOCIETY
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything...a job...a marriage...our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
3. A PRACTICAL REASON: IT DEFINES WHO CAN BE COUNTED ON
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
4. A PERSONAL REASON: IT PRODUCES SPIRITUAL GROWTH
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
Our philosophy of church membership is diametrically opposed to a traditional interpretation of the word. As members of Grace Bible Church we are called to give instead of receive; to serve instead of being served; to responsibilities rather than rights; and to embrace sacrifice rather than entitlement.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP
Prospective members must be able to answer in the affirmative to the following questions:
Will you agree to the Grace Bible Church Statement on CHURCH DISCIPLINE?
Will you agree to the Grace Bible Church STATEMENT ON MEDIATION?
Do you support Grace Bible Church and its ministries regularly with your attendance, prayers, and finances, and have you been doing so for a period of at least six months?
Have you completed STARTING POINT class?
Have you attained your 16th birthday?
It’s true. We take membership seriously and with a lot of gravity. Committing yourself to a body of believers is weighty. But it’s also wonderful. When members join, they commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. They are called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Our pastors and leaders also pledge to assist our members with care, counsel, prayer and teaching.