CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

"The character of a building depends very much on the materials out of which it is constructed. Church membership is a question of grave importance and should be carefully studied and well understood. The character of the persons who are to constitute the church and hold membership therein is fixed and prescribed by Christ Himself".

CONDITION of MEMBERSHIP

  • A Regenerated Heart (Ephesians 1:1, 2:1-6; I Peter 2:9)
  • A Confession of Faith (Psalms 66:16; Romans 10:10)
  • Reception of Baptism by Immersion (Mark 1:15; John 3:5; Acts 2:41)
  • A Christian Life (Colossians 3:1-2)

 MODES of ADMISSION

  • By Baptism
  • By Letter
  • By Christian Experience

Here is what is expected of each and every member, as we are bound by the love of Our Lord and Living Savior Jesus Christ.

To protect the unity of the church:

       By acting in love toward other members at all times

       By refusing to gossip or act on hearsay

       By following the church leaders

Romans 14:19, Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:29, I Peter 1:22

To share the responsibilities of the church
       By praying for my growth and New Salem’s
       By inviting others to attend New Salem
       By warmly welcoming all those who visit
Luke 13:23, Romans 15:7, Philippians 1:4-5, Colossians 4:5

To serve the ministry of the church

       By discovering my gifts and talents

       By being equipped through my studies and by my pastor to serve

       By developing a servant's heart

Ephesians 4:11-12, Philippians 2:4-5,7, I Peter 4:10

To support the testimony of the church

       By attending church service, church school and bible study faithfully

       By living a godly life

       By honoring God with my tithe and offerings

Hebrews 10:25, Philippians 1:27, I Corinthians 16:2, Leviticus 27:30