Membership

Membership

We rejoice that you are considering the important commitment of church membership at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church.

The most important consideration is your own personal relationship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The foundation and health of the local church must be established by God with the members first being joined together as His adopted children.

We invite all who regularly gather in our worship services or Sunday School classes to consider that relationship. We are instructed in the Scriptures to do so often; not to live under a cloud of doubt, but that our assurance may be genuine and grow in strength.

The following are the steps necessary to become members of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. Please read through each one carefully and pray that the Lord will guide you in the process.

Self Examination

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. (2 Corinthians 13:5-9)

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

This examination is both fearful and joyous. We are both commanded and compelled to undertake this venture. We realize that for some the first response is uneasiness: “I’d rather not do this”. we understand this apprehension. It is the same anxiety that causes us to put off calling the doctor or dentist. We would simply rather not deal with the possibility of less than acceptable results from all that “probing”. But we come to you in love with the hope of either confirming your relationship in Christ or seeing that relationship established by Him.

“If the Bible is the cornerstone of our church, then membership is the cement that holds us all together” (Mark Dever). Both Christ and Paul pointed us toward membership for our encouragement, our protection, and our instruction. We seek to carry out this vision through our four-step process by which one comes to join Grace Fellowship Baptist Church.

Membership Class

All prospective members must attend our Covenant Family Membership Class. The curriculum includes three (3) 1½ hour classes:

  1. What We Believe: Our Doctrinal Statement
  2. Who We Are: Our Distinctives and By-Laws
  3. What We Do: Our Covenant, Ministries and Purpose

Membership Booklet >>

The audio for the 2017 Fall Covenant Family Membership Class is available here:

September 10, 2017
September 17, 2017
October 1, 2017

Membership Application and Interview

All prospective members will make formal application for membership in writing:

  1. General Information
  2. A brief description of how Christ saved you (testimony)
  3. A brief description of how Christ has transformed your life as a result of your conversion
  4. Biblical evidences or fruit of true conversion in your life
  5. Your spiritual gifts
  6. Area(s) of ministry where you would like to serve at GFBC

The written application will include (when aided by an elder) or be followed by a 30-40 minute informal interview. You will be asked to affirm your commitment by signature of the Doctrinal Statement (what we believe) and Church Covenant.

Membership Application >>

Elder Recommendation

At a regularly scheduled elders’ meeting, the pastor will review the applicant’s testimony with the other elders. Upon receiving their collective approval, the candidate’s application proceeds to the next step: congregational affirmation.

Congregational Affirmation

The candidate will be presented at the next scheduled membership affirmation where an elder will present the candidate before the members. Upon the elder recommendation, the members will affirm their brother or sister in Christ by reciting the GFBC Covenant together.

Resources

Three helpful books to encourage you as you consider the importance of church membership:

Click the thumbnails above to go to these books at www.amazon.com. They are also available in the GFBC bookstore.

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