Why Become A Member?

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (NASB Romans 12:4–5)

As Christians, we are members of God's      household (Ephesians 2:19) and we are called to     function, participate, and minister in a particular place within the body of Christ. A healthy body requires that each member do its part well. For this reason, EBC holds its members in high     regard.

It is not an accident that God has placed us in this place, among these people, and in this century. We are here for a reason (Acts 17:26–27). EBC members are missionaries who live on the       mission field of Bladen county, here and now, in this culture, with the purpose of emulating Jesus. EBC members serve within the church as     teachers, nursery workers, choir members,      ushers, and musicians, committee members, helping the sick and needy, in prayer, hospitality, compassion and a variety of other ways.

Being a member of EBC is really about being part of a family. Members, who enter into a covenant with their local church, are called to a higher    degree of responsibility and service. At the same time, the pastor and deacons are covenanted to assist members first and foremost, to love and lead, provide counsel and aid, as well as to pray for, teach, and guide.

 

I want to become a member. What should I do?

I want to become a member. What should I do?

A.  Begin acting like a member.

The difference between attendees and members is one word —commitment. That Commitment is twofold: first to Christ and then to Christ’s body (other believers). This is exactly what Paul states in 2 Corinthians 8:5. “And this they did, not as we expected, but first gave themselves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.”

So how does a member act?

They demonstrate their love for Christ by: 1) Accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 2) Through baptism by immersion as a public    testimony of faith. 3) Having a daily quiet time with God. 4) Endeavoring to live a life of Christlikeness.

They demonstrate their love for the church which is not merely an organization but the body of believers who meet at 1800 West Broad St. in ElizabethtownNC by: 1) Faithfulness in attendance 2) Serving in the ministry by: volunteering, helping, caring, and giving 3) Protecting the unity of the church by: first, acting in love toward other members; and second, refusing to gossip. 4) Sharing in the responsibility of the church by praying for its growth, financially supporting with tithes and offerings, inviting others to attend, and warmly welcoming those who visit

 The phrase “one another” or “each other” is used more than 50 times in the NT. We are commanded to love each other, pray for each other, encourage each other, admonish each other, greet each other, serve each other, teach each other, accept each other, honor each other, bear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, sing to each other, submit to each other, and be devoted to each other. All of these biblical commands are what membership in a local body of believers is all about.

B. Get to know people and let them get to know you.

Don’t keep to yourself. Join a Sunday School Class and get involved in the mid-week service. These and other smaller group opportunities      provide an excellent environment to get with other EBC folks on a more personal level as we grow together in maturity and love.

C. Get involved in the mission.

Our MISSION STATEMENT was given to us by Jesus himself 2000 years ago and it is to "Go therefore and make    disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; (Mat 28:19-20)

 

What are the ways to join Elizabethtown Baptist ?

What are the ways to join Elizabethtown Baptist ?

A. The first way to join EBC is by receiving Christ as your Savior, coming forward during the altar call to tell the pastor, receive congregational approval, and then follow Christ in believer’s      baptism.

B. Or if you are already a believer and havefollowed Christ in believer’s baptism the second way you can join EBC is by coming forward at the end of service to let the pastor know of your intention and receive congregational approval.

What if I join by transfer letter from another church?

What if I join by transfer letter from another church?

C. The final way to join EBC is to transfer your letter of membership to EBC from another church.

 EBC does accept transfer of membership, with congregational approval, from all other Evangelical churches and denominations that agree with EBC on essential doctrines. However, we do believe that immersion is the biblical mode of baptism and therefore recommend (but do not require) formembership, if transferring from a church that does not. 

Please summarize the ways to become an active member of Elizabethtown Baptist.

Please summarize the ways to become an active member of Elizabethtown Baptist.

1. By receiving Christ as Lord and Savior, with baptism by immersion and congregational   approval. 2. By public profession of faith requesting     membership. 3. By transfer of membership from a like minded church.

We urge you to prayerfully consider membership here at EBC.  We consider membership in this fellowship to be a wonderful privilege and a glorious responsibility.  We know that church membership cannot save you but the Word of God clearly outlines the importance of faithfulness in attendance to church (Hebrews 10:25) and it teaches that membership is necessary for spiritual health and maturity (Ephesians 4:12-16). 

 You’ve read our mission statement from Matthew so let’s end with our VISION STATEMENT. What is our vision for what the accomplished mission will look like? As with our mission our vision also comes fromthe Lord Jesus Christ.

 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." (Rev 7:9-10)

 We would love for you to join with us in this place to obey Christ’s commission and see His vision      realized in us.

 

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You’ve read our mission statement from Matthew so let’s end with our VISION STATEMENT. What is our vision for what the accomplished mission will look like? As with our mission our vision also comes fromthe Lord Jesus Christ.

 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." (Rev 7:9-10)

 We would love for you to join with us in this place to obey Christ’s commission and see His vision realized in us.