Membership within a local church is meant to look like membership within a loving family, where members are committed to looking out for the needs of one another, seeking the growth and maturity of the whole family. At Redeeming Grace Church, we pursue a family-like membership. As such, you will oftentimes hear us refer to ourselves as a Faith Family.
Yet in a day when commitment is a rare commodity, it should come as no surprise that committing to a church is such a low priority to so many believers. Sadly, it is not uncommon for Christians to move from church to church, never submitting themselves to the care of elders and never committing themselves to a group of fellow believers as mandated by Scripture.
To neglect—or to refuse—to join a church in a formal commitment, however, reflects a misunderstanding of the believerʼs responsibility to the body of Christ. It also cuts one off from the many blessings and opportunities that flow from this commitment. It is essential for every Christian to understand what church membership is and why it matters.
Becoming a member of Redeeming Grace
Being a member of a church family is another means of grace that God has given us. As we study through God's Word we learn many examples of what it means to be a part of the universal church as well as being a part of a local church. In fact, the term "church," from the Greek ekklesia, is most often used in the New Testament in reference to specific local churches of various cities and towns.
To familiarize you with the vision that God has given to Redeeming Grace Church and to better understand what it means to be a member of this local church we offer a Church Membership class. This class meets once a week for 4 weeks. This class will provide you the opportunity to understand the purpose of church membership, and the opportunity to have your questions answered. Stop by the Connection Counter for more information.
Church Membership Covenant
Members of Redeeming Grace Church have covenanted themselves to one another, agreeing to act together in accordance with the Word of God. As members, we endeavor:
- To attend regularly (Hebrews 10:25)
- To give joyfully (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- To witness as the Lord gives opportunity (1 Peter 3:15)
- To pursue personal holiness (1 Peter 1:15)
- To submit to the leaders of this church (Hebrews 13:17)
- To submit to church restoration/discipline, repent of sin, & restore others in sin (Mat 18:15-18)
- To commit to pray for the Elders, Leaders and one another (Ephesians 6:18-19)
The Redeeming Grace Church Covenant states:
Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each other's happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other's burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to lead a new and holy life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will, when we move from Redeeming Grace Church, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
You may listen to the following sermons, mostly taught by Pastor John Filkey, from the series "Christian Responsibility":
- The Cross-Centered Life
- A Christian's Responsibility
- The Fundamentals of Christian Responsibility
- Church Commitment Q & A
- What We Believe
- A Biblical Vision for The Church
We also strongly recommend the following three short books from 9Marks. You can get a free copy from one of the elders or they can be purchased from 9Marks. They're also available for purchase at Amazon.com in hard-copy or for your Kindle.
- What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert
- I am a Church Member by Thom Rainer
- What is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever
Please contact one of the Elders or leaders of Redeeming Grace Church at any time for additional information. It is our desire and joy to serve you.