Becoming A Member
The difference between “attenders” and “members” can be summed up in one word: commitment.
At the Church of Christ in St. Mary’s County, we welcome anyone who would like to participate in of our times of worship and fellowship, but in the end, we are hoping for something more – a long term commitment to the Lord and to His church. We realize that becoming a member of a church can be a big step, but there are several viable reasons it is important to identify with a local congregation:
A Biblical Reason
The New Testament provides us with examples that show the early Christians belonged to both a local congregation of like-minded believers as well as Lord’s church that transcends time and location.
A Cultural Reason
Committed membership is an antidote to our society. We live in an age when commitment appears to be a vanishing concept. While casual attendance is comfortable, commitment is required for success – not just for the church, but for individuals as well. Commitment is based upon the unselfish decision to put others first and builds the type of character we need to be an influence in today’s world.
A Practical Reason
Membership is not unique to the church: All teams must have rosters, every school requires enrollment, and each army is determined by an enlistment. A commitment of membership helps us establish who can be counted on and identifies those who seriously desire to be part of our family.
A Spiritual Reason
Commitment 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.
Commitment is a major theme throughout the Bible. In fact, Jesus is so devoted to His church that He was willing to die for it. It is that type of absolute commitment that inspires us to stand up and be counted for Him.
How Do I Become A Member Of This Church?
One of the requirements for membership at the Church of Christ in St. Mary’s County is baptism by immersion. Baptism has been a vital part of Christian commitment from the beginning When the New Testament writer Luke observed, “So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41) we see that early Christians were added to the Lord’s church when they were baptized. After becoming a part of the Lord’s church, it is our hope that you will want to be a part of a local body of like-minded believers (a church) who worship and serve together.
If you are a believer of Jesus Christ but have never been baptized by immersion, we hope you will take that next step in your commitment to Him, click here.
If you have been baptized and are looking for a church home we would like to visit with you about being a part of our local congregation. If you would like more information about membership, feel free to contact us. We would enjoy the opportunity to hear about your Christian walk and help you continue along in your spiritual journey.