FAMILY AND MEMBERSHIP
WHY CHURCH MEMBERSHIP IS IMPORTANT
One of the most frequently asked questions relating to church membership is, “Why should I join a particular church? After all, it makes no difference, I can still go to worship and participate in all the activities without feeling tied down or committed.”
There are three words that sum up the reasons for church membership. The first is the last word of the above quote, COMMITMENT. Church membership is a step of commitment in which the dedicated Christian expresses in both word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord and Master of their life. This commitment involves several areas of a Christian life: Commitment to God (Matthew 23:37), to family (Proverbs 12:7b), to personal growth (Philippians 3:14), and to ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). Each of these areas of commitment are vital to successful walk with Christ Jesus.
The second word is ACCOUNTABILITY to the local church and leadership (Hebrews 13:17; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Without personal accountability, it is easy to falter and fail in your walk with Christ. But with the loving support, encouragement, and challenge of the leadership and church family, each person can not only maintain but grow in their Christian walk and commitment.
The third word and reason to join a local church in membership is RELATIONSHIP. We compliment one another with our unique talents and abilities as we join together in the body of Christ. We grow in Christ together through our relationship with Him and each other. In fact the scriptures teach us that we are joined together in Christ (Romans 7:4, 12:5). In relationship with Christ and each other we will have a greater impact upon society and His kingdom, because each one of us has a vital function within the Body of Christ and together we are able to accomplish great things for the glory of God and His kingdom (1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 4:4-14). Lastly it is in relationship that we grow and mature in our walk with Christ.
Being a member of a local church body is important because it helps you with your commitment to Christ, your growth in Christ and helps you use your gifts and skills to impact the kingdom of God.
To learn more about what it means to be a Christian and a member of Sunset Ministry attend our next Basics 101 class. To get more information on the class contact the church office at Office@SunsetMinistry.com.
BECOMING A MEMBER
There are three ways to become a member of Sunset Ministry
• Through baptism as a new Christian
• Through letter or transfer of membership from another church
• Through Christian experience
The process of becoming a member is: to respond to the invitation the Christ during a worship service and/or attend the Basics 101 class and/or let the pastor know of your desire for membership.
Having received Christ as my Savior and Lord and baptized as a testimony of my faith, and being in agreement with Sunset’s vision and mission, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Sunset Ministry church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
I will protect the unity of my church
• by acting in love toward other members
• by refusing to gossip
• by following and supporting the church leaders
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” (Romans 14:19)
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.” (Ephesians 4:29)
“Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men (and women) who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
I will serve the ministry of my church
• by discovering my gifts and talents
• by being equipped to serve
• by developing the heart of a servant
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
“It was He (God) who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”(Ephesians 4:11-12)
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who … made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.”(Philippians 2:4-5, 7)
I will support the testimony of my church
• by attending faithfully
• by living a Christ-like life
• by giving regularly
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
“Whatever happens, conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Philippians 1:27)
“On the first day of every week, each one of your should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” (1 Corinthians 16:2)
“A tithe of everything … belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:30)