God’s word does not teach that church membership contributes in any way to one’s salvation. It also does not teach that church membership is optional. You do not join a church so that you will be saved. You join a church because you have been saved. All believers should affiliate with a local church and serve faithfully as God leads.

 

God equips believers with spiritual gifts. Believers find, nurture, and implement the use of their spiritual gifts within the church.

 

These gifts serve to build up the church by blessing fellow believers. The blessings are not about making people feel good, although they usually do. Spiritual gifts encourage, motivate, and equip other believers in becoming more like Christ, growing closer to Christ, and serving Him more faithfully.

 

All believers should join and serve faithfully in a church that has sound doctrinal beliefs and functions accordingly. Our church accepts members in three ways: baptism, letter, or statement.

 

Baptism: Like church membership, baptism in no way aids in salvation. Baptism is for believers only. It symbolizes the change that God made when you trusted Him as Savior. You are baptized because you are saved, not to become saved.

If you have never been a member of a Baptist church, you can join our church by publicly acknowledging your faith in Jesus and submitting to the ordinance of baptism. It does not matter whether you have just been saved or if you were saved years ago.

This is what all Baptists have in common. They were baptized in a Baptist church.

 

Letter: If you are currently a member of a Baptist church, you can join our church by moving your letter. We will contact your current church and they will reply, verifying that you are currently a member of that church and will transfer your membership to us.

 

Statement: If you were a member of a Baptist church that no longer exists, or if its records are not available, our church can add you to our membership by accepting your statement that you were a member of a Baptist church.