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MEMBERSHIP


 

Who can and should become a member of the church?   

Any person who acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord of their life and has trusted Christ alone for salvation can become a member of the church. Romans 10:9-10  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

 

Why is membership important? 

Becoming a Christian is an individual response of faith, growing as a Christian is enhanced by fellowship with other Christians. The Christian life was designed not as a solo endeavor but as a fellowship experience, with a church being the primary fellowship. As Disciples of Christ invited into God’s kingdom, we are called to love others in gratitude for the love God freely gave us when he sent Jesus to die for our sins. We are called to pray for each other and be concerned for the salvation and prosperity of God’s creation. Colossians 1:3-6 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

 

What are the responsibilities of a member? 

As members of God’s church we are called to love God and seek, and submit to, his will for our lives.  We are to encourage one another in love through the unity of the Holy Spirit who strengthens and binds us together as brothers and sisters and members of God’s kingdom. We are to share the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus; inviting others into God’s kingdom.  Out of concern for the salvation of others, we are to serve God with our time, talents, and tithes. I  Thessalonians 5:12-15 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

 

How can I become a member? 

After a profession of faith and agreement with our Membership Covenant, arrange an interview with our Pastors/Deacons. Baptism (a public testimony of God’s redeeming work in our lives) and sharing your personal testimony of faith is required for membership. The Pastors/Deacons will determine and arrange plans for baptism and the sharing of your personal testimony and give recommendation to the members of City View Churh, who then vote, to accept the Pastor’s/Deacon’s recommendation for membership. To get started sign and return the Membership Covenant