The only requirement to become a member, is that you have given your life to Christ. We believe that, according to the Bible, doing this involves:
- Admitting that you have sinned, and it is only by God’s grace you are saved. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24
- Belief and confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” – Romans 10:9
- Willfully leaving a life of sin, and being immersed as a symbol of your commitment to Christ. “Peter said, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” – Acts 2:38
- Following Christ’s example of obedience and connecting to him through immersion. Through faith in Jesus, in baptism we are forgiven our sins, receive the Holy Spirit, and are added by God to his church.
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now, it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.’ “ Matthew 3:13-17″Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38″Or don’t you know that all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might we done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Romans 6: 3-7″For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were given one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:13
Why become a member?
A Biblical Reason: Following the example of Christ’s commitment, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5.25A Cultural Reason: Commitment sends a message to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything: a job…a marriage…our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers.” Memberships swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” Membership is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.A Practical Reason: Membership defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
There is more to being part of a church than having your name in the directory. At Southwest, our members have united and have invested themselves in the ministry of the church through prayer, relationships, and service. Look around and consider all that has taken place to bring our church to this point. How did it happen? Our church has only grown because of time, treasure, and talent sacrifices that have been made by our members. We ask you to join us in giving of your:Time: Devote time each week to:
- Attend worship each week.
- Participate in a small group, Bible class, or other Bible study.
- Personal prayer and study time
Treasure: As a member, we encourage you to join us in giving financially towards the church. We give as a love offering to God, as a response to our blessings, and as a sacrificial gift to this church’s present and future needs.Talents: God has blessed you with many gifts, including special spiritual gifts given specifically for service in the church. We want to help you discover your gifts and help you use them for His glory in this church.
To Be A Member is to “Show Jesus”
Show Jesus In Your Behavior “May God who gives patience, steadiness, and encouragement help you to live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward the other.” Romans 15.5 (Living Bible)”Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13.17
Show Jesus With Your Gifts
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given you” 1 Peter 4.10“It was he 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″Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2.3-
Show Jesus To Your Community“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1.27“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” 2 Cor. 5:20“So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Romans 15.7 (LB)
Show Jesus To The Church
“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1.2″Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 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 10.23-25″Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” Romans 12:10