Membership

We believe the first requirement for membership into the Body of Christ and the local congregation is that the person must be born-again and trust in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and baptism must follow when we make Christ the "Master and Lord" of our life.

We believe that obedience is an attitude and cannot always be determined by outward appearance because of the differences in training or ignorance of scriptures.

We also believe that to thrive and be in unity, it is important for a local church to be in general agreement of faith and practice matters. (John 3:16-17, 10:27-29, Rom. 4, Eph. 2:8-10, 1 Pet. 1:2, 1 John 1:8-10, 5:13, Jude 1:24)

Born again believers are gladly welcomed to join the fellowship. Those who apply will be interviewed by the leadership or the voice of the congregation may be taken, which ever applies.

Before being baptized or received as a member. They will be asked and expected to give confirmation that they can support the statement of faith and practice. If a member does not attend services regularly for a year or more, then their membership will be canceled. We encourage members to be active and participate responsibly.

If a brother or sister falls away from Christ, the church becomes responsible to make every possible effort to show love and compassion in trying to win them back to Christ. Excommunication is only to be the last resort. After excommunication effort is to be made to draw and win them back to the Lord.

CHRISTIAN ASSURANCE AND HOLINESS OF LIFE
We believe that it is a privilege of all believers in Christ to know that they have passed from death unto life, that God is able to keep them from falling and that "the obedience of Faith" is essential to the maintenance of one's salvation and growth in grace. (John 8:31-32, 2 Peter 1:5-11, 1 John 3:14, Jude 1:24-25) We reject unconditional eternal security because both the Old and New Testament warn and teach against falling away from the Faith and departing from God. (Ezek. 18:24, Hosea 4:6, Heb. 6:4-6, Rev. 3:5)

We believe in the doctrine of holiness for the believer, but that the doctrine of complete eradication of the sin principle is contrary to the scriptures. Christian assurance can be enjoyed only when the believer is willing to cleanse himself from "all filthiness of the flesh and the spirit".

Members must abstain from all sin, ungodly conversation, extravagance and excesses in habits of living, the use of habit forming drugs, excessive strong drink, and tobacco. We forbid going to bars, clubs, or other public or private facilities that are intended for indulging evil passions and fleshly lusts.

We urge using spiritual discernment in patronizing plays and movie theaters, sporting activities, concerts, or other activities that may be of questionable good moral value. We want to be careful of the many attractions that are around us since the Bible teaches clearly that living in sinful lusts and pleasures brings spiritual death.

PERSONAL OFFENCES IN THE CHURCH
It is the moral obligation of brothers and sisters in Christ to witness against sin so the purity and the honor of the church is maintained. No members may intentionally be a participant in hiding sin and wrongdoing. Personal offenses between members should not be publicized or taken immediately to the church. The grievances should be dealt with the manner given in scripture. (Matt. 18:15-17)

The testimony of non-members may be received as basis for investigation. Testimonies of members with good reputation shall outweigh those of a non-member and rumors against members must not be spread about, but taken up in a spiritual manner, to ascertain the truth by firsthand inquiry. Members may not be held guilty of that which they declare themselves to be innocent, except by the testimony of two or three reliable witnesses, otherwise the matter must be left between themselves and God. (Matt. 18:16)

No grievance may be brought up against another after peace has been expressed or communion observed, except where serious phases of the matter were hidden or unknown. Persons under censure of the church can have no part in communion for the counsels of the church. When the leadership fails in the administration of proper order or discipline that is necessary to maintain the Biblical principles of the church, the remaining members of the fellowship shall have the right to correct the problems.

MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS
When members move from one congregation to another, they shall present if applicable membership letters of standing from the congregation from which they came. You are also free to leave anytime, we will also be happy to give you a membership letter for the next church that you seek to communion with as applicable.

Acts 18:27 "And when he (Apollos) was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace:" See also 2 Cor. 3:1-3 and Rom. 16:1-2.
Committing ourselves to the apostles' teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Acts 2:42
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