Why does someone become a member of the local church?
In the early church, coming to Christ was coming to the church. The idea of experiencing salvation without belonging to a local church is foreign to the New Testament. When individuals repented and believed in Christ, they were baptized and added to the church (Acts 2:41, 47; 5:14; 16:5). More than simply living out a private commitment to Christ, this meant joining together formally with other believers in a local assembly and devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer (Acts 2:42).
The New Testament teaches that the church is the body of Christ, and that God has called every member to a life devoted to the growth of the body. In other words, Scripture exhorts all believers to edify the other members by practicing the “one-anothers” of the New Testament (e.g., Heb. 10:24-25) and exercising their spiritual gifts (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-7; 1 Pet. 4:10-11). Mutual edification can only take place in the context of the corporate body of Christ. Exhortations to this kind of ministry presuppose that believers have committed themselves to other believers in a specific local assembly. Church membership is simply the formal way to make that commitment.
Church membership means:
- Recognition of what it means to worship with other believers
- Willingness to serve/contribute to the Body of Christ
- Willingness to submit to the authority of those that God has established in order to protect truth, protect purity of the body, and promote the Gospel.
- Fully engaged with the spiritual gifts God has given us Love the Lord fully and love the body fully in the process
The first step in becoming a member at CEFC is to take the online-based Membership Class. Use the link on this page to begin – keep in mind that in order to become a member at CEFC, you must take the class, but you don’t have to become a member after taking the class.
CEFC Elders and Membership Team