How does First Redeemer Church receive new members?
By profession of faith in Jesus Christ and your desire to be baptized by immersion.
By baptism by immersion if you have previously accepted Jesus but have not been immersed.
By transfer of your membership from another Baptist church.
By your statement of faith that you have accepted Jesus and have been baptized by immersion.
Why is formal membership important?
For the individual
It indicates a Christ-likeness. Jesus is committed to the church. Acts 2:47 says, “…and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Overwhelmingly, in the New Testament, when the word “church” is used, it is referring to the local church. So, those who were being saved were being included in the membership of the local church. Ephesians 5:25 says, “Christ loved the church, and gave His life for her.” Being committed to a local church through membership pleases God and indicates a Christ-like spirit.
It demonstrates a Biblical world view. Popular culture says to us, “Don’t commit to anything – job, marriage, family, and even church.” Church membership goes against this tide and says, for this time in my life, I am going to belong to this local body of Christ-followers.
It promotes spiritual growth. Spiritual accountability is a recurring theme in the New Testament. Its purpose is to make us more like Christ. Such spiritual growth takes place best in the environment of a loving, local church.
For the church
In a very practical way, membership identifies and defines who can be entrusted with positions of leadership within the church
What is the process for joining First Redeemer Church?
- At the conclusion of the worship service, during the prayer time at the altar, you may come forward and speak with one of the pastors and indicate your desire to become a member, or…
- On the Connection Card that is found in the Sunday bulletin, please check the box indicating your desire to join First Redeemer and drop it in the offering plate as it is passed at the end of our service. One of our Pastors will then contact you for follow-up, or…
- Click here to complete an Online membership Form. One of our pastors will contact you by phone to welcome you to First Redeemer: Click Here