What is church membership?
Unfortunately the idea of “membership” has been hijacked by gyms and wholesale clubs. But the word member originally described a part of a body. In fact, that’s exactly how 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 describes it. So much more than attending services at a particular location, a biblical understanding of church membership describes a person’s relationship and vitally connected dependence with a particular unit of believers.
Church membership is a mutually recognized commitment to Jesus and each other.
Why is church membership important?
The gathered assembly possesses a delegated authority from Jesus to identify and affirm valid professions of faith (see Matthew 16:13-19 and 18:15-20). Therefore membership at one level means your confession of Christ being validated as legitimate by an authorized assembly of God’s people. Not only is membership an official affirmation of your profession of faith, but membership is also a commitment to fulfill the relational responsibilities the Bible calls Christians to live out with one another.
For our life, health, growth, and continued faithfulness to Jesus, we are convinced we need to be committed and vitally connected to other believers in this way. This is why we as a church utilize a membership covenant. This is simply a summary of the biblical expectations and responsibilities we commit to taking on with each other as disciples of Jesus in a local church community. This is important to understand if you are considering joining with this congregation.
We never want church to end up being an event we attend or a place to go. Church is the people to whom we belong, we are called to serve, and have submitted ourselves to for our continued discipleship.
Learn more about the significance of the Biblical metaphors describing membership.
If you are interested in joining with Lebanon Baptist Church:
1) Attend the Lebanon 101 class. It is a 6-week interactive class that provides an overview of who we are, what we believe, and how we seek to follow Jesus as a church.
This class is offered 4-5 times a year. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office. Attending this class does not obligate you to join, but it is an ideal discussion for those who are new to Lebanon Baptist Church. If you do plan to commit to joining, these classes are required.
2) Once you have completed Lebanon 101, you’re invited to fill out an application.
3) When we receive your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview with some of our leadership team. This will give us a chance to get to know you a bit more, hear how you came to faith in Christ, and allow you to ask any additional questions you may have.