Church Membership is something that the New Testament places value on. Even before the death of Christ, we see Him giving reference to the gathering together of his followers (Matthew 16:18). As the early church transitions into the book of Acts, it is clear that believers came together weekly to worship God. (Acts 2:42)
Worship — We see early on in the book of Acts that believers were gathering together to worship God on the first day of the week, devoting themselves to prayer and the teaching of the apostles (Acts 20:7). Hebrews 10:25 gives us instruction to not neglect the regular gathering together of the church.
Community — It is clear from the descriptions of the early church, as well as the appeals from Paul in writing to New Testament churches, that God intends us to live out our lives together pursuing Christ. Church membership is a commitment to live out our pursuit of holiness together in community with one another. (Ephesians 4:25) The one another passages assume constant association with one another as believers. Living in community with one another includes the regular meeting times of the church but also in our day-to-day lives.
Accountability — It is clear from Scripture that God desires the holiness of His People. (1 Peter 1:16) A means of grace that God has given us to aid in our holiness is the the accountability that should come with membership to a local body of believers. Church discipline is something we see all throughout the New Testament. Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 5:1-12, and Galatians 6:1 are instances where, for the health of the body, sin is confronted in a loving way. We seek to practice Biblical Church Discipline.
1. Biblical Conversion
2. Scriptural Baptism
3. Completion of the Covenant Membership Process, a class covering the history, doctrine and practices of Lucy Baptist Church. For more information about when this class meets or to register please contact our church office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. If you are a member of another church of like doctrine, give testimony of a personal salvation experience, and have been scripturally baptized, a letter of recommendation will by requested LBC.
5. If you are a member of a church in a different denomination or doctrine, and give testimony of biblical conversion, and have been scripturally baptized, you may be received upon by statement of your faith.
6. Any person desiring to transfer their membership will be asked to give a statement of reason for their transfer of membership.