But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 1 Corinthians 12:24
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WHY SHOULD I BE A MEMBER?
Being a member of a Church is far more than just having a certified membership document that can help during marriage, funeral, education, child dedications & emergencies. When you decide to become a member, you are reaffirming your commitment not just to God but also to the Church.
It is true that every believer is the Church. But when every believer comes together in unity, with a common vision and mission, we become a mighty unified Church in the eyes of God. There is accountability, fellowship and belonging.
A Church community works together just like various parts of one body supporting one another; through constant encouragement, motivation, guidance, development and most importantly, through sharing the love of Christ.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
To become a member of Bethel AG Church you would need to meet the following criteria:
a. Have a testimony of being ‘Born Again.’
b. Adult baptism in water by immersion.
c. Live an evidently consistent Christian life. (Romans 6:4; 8:1-4; 13:13, 14. Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1, 2, 15; 1 John 1:6,7)
d. A willingness to contribute to the Life of your Church by giving your time/money/finances.
e. Acceptance of the ‘Tenets of Faith’
g. Regular attendance of Services for a period of at least three consecutive months prior to the date of application for membership.
h. Agreement to being governed by the bylaws of the AG and the District Council of the AG, as both may be amended from time to time.
e. Acceptance of the Tenets of Faith as set forth in Article IV of these bylaws.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER?
The difference between “attendees” and “members” can be summed up in one word: COMMITMENT.
The difference between being an attendee at a Church and being a member is like the difference between living together and getting married. If you’re just living together there’s no commitment; you can walk out at any moment. Marriage means you’re committed for a lifetime.
At Bethel AG Church, we recognize the need for a formal membership. We ask you to commit to membership for 4 reasons:
1. A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the Church.
The more like Christ you become, the more you’re going to be willing to give your life for the Church. It’s not perfect but it’s what Jesus died for. If we’re going to be like Christ, we’ll be as committed to the Church as He is. “Christ loved the Church and He gave His life for it.” Ephesians.5:25
2. A Cultural Reason: It is a unique commitment in our society.
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything – school, relationships or our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of ‘Church shoppers & hoppers.’ Membership swims against the current flow of ‘consumer religion’ that switches groups for any reason. Membership is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
3. A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on.
Every school must have an enrolment. Every army has an enlistment. Membership identifies our family of believers who can be counted on, in our attempt to fulfil our purpose.
4. A Personal Reason: It encourages spiritual growth.
The New Testament places major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. It’s tough to be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific Church family. If you don’t like other Christians you’re not going to like heaven — that’s all who’s going to be there. If you’re not willing to commit to some other Christians right now, what do you think you’re going to enjoy about heaven?
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A MEMBER?
At Bethel AG Church, we never ask our members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only encourage our members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out in the Membership Covenant.
THE BETHEL AG MEMBERSHIP COVENANT
“Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior and been baptized, and being in agreement with Bethel’s statements, strategy, and structure; I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Bethel Church family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:”
1. I will protect the unity of my Church
a) By acting in love toward other members
The one language that is universally understood is Love. That is the language we speak at Bethel. If you join this Church, you’re going to find out real quick it’s filled with human beings. All imperfect. And you’re not going to like everybody that’s a member of this Church. But you’ve got to love them!!! That’s commitment!
- “So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together.” Romans 15:19
- “Live in complete harmony with each other – each with the attitude of Christ toward each other.” Romans 15:5
- “Have a sincere love for your fellow believers; love one another earnestly with all your hearts.” 1 Peter 1:22
b) By refusing to gossip
What destroys Churches more than anything else is gossip. When you share information about a problem and you’re neither part of the problem nor part of the solution and you talk about it, you are gossiping. The Bible calls it sin. And you promise if you join this Church to not gossip!!! So if you hear something about somebody in the Church what do you do?
Call one of the pastors and we’ll help you rather than starting a rumour mill.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.” Ephesians 4:29
c) By following (submitting to) the leaders
Leaders are accountable for leading people in the right direction, towards the right goal and with the right perspective. When we respect the leaders God has placed over us, we are respecting God’s decision. It becomes our duty to obey and submit to them.
It is your duty to pray for your leaders by lifting them into God’s hands than rebelling.
“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 no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
d) By reconciling conflict
Conflicts happen. Even when you are a Christian. As Christians, we are called to build relationships and live in harmony.
Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church.” Matthew 18:15-17
2. I will share the responsibility of my Church
a) By praying for its growth
Growth is importantly for health. When a Church is healthy, it grows consistently. You can help by praying.
“To the Church…we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2
b) By inviting the unchurched to attend
God in the Bible encourages us to urge those who do not belong to a Bible-based Church to join in fellowship, so that they would be under the spiritual covering of the Church.
“Go out into the country…and urge anyone you find to come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:23
c) By warmly welcoming those who are alone and/or visiting
The most pleasant host is one who always welcomes even the uninvited or unexpected. The Church belongs to you and every Christian is the host. Make each one who you interact with feel welcome and accepted by being generous in your hospitality.
“So, warmly welcome each other into the Church, just as He has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified.” Romans 15:7
3. I will serve the ministry of my Church
a) By discovering my gifts and talents
Each one of us has been blessed with special gifts and talents. We need to explore them and use them to serve one another in Church.
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” 1 Peter 4:10
b) By being equipped to serve
“God gave some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the Body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:11-12
c) By developing a servant’s heart
A humble heart is tolerant, looks at the goodness in everyone, is always ready to serve, puts others before self; knowing that everything that they do, they do unto the Lord. Christ, being King, came to serve and we are His disciples, we should follow in His footsteps.
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ who took on the very nature of a servant.” Philippians 2:3-4, 7
4. I will support the life of my Church
a) By attending faithfully
Fellowship is very important for every believer. There is joy in working together to accomplish God’s will with a common vision and purpose. Through fellowship, we build one another and build ourselves.The Holy Spirit dwells in every believer, and when believers come together collectively, there is mighty power!
“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together…but let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25
b) By living a godly life
Christians are the salt and light of the world. We are called to shine our light in every area of negativity or darkness and add flavor the lives of those we interact with. We need to examine our thoughts, words and actions regularly and ensure that our lives are a positive reflection of Christ our Lord!
“But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27