At RMLBC, we take the privilege of church membership seriously. Granting church membership is one way our local body recognizes that a person is a true believer. Of course, we cannot know a person’s heart the way God does, nor do we claim to, but we can see the outward fruit of a person’s life and we can hear their testimony of trusting Christ as their Savior.
It is the desire of our church that only regenerate baptized Christians be granted membership rights. Here are the three basic steps to becoming a member:
Presenting yourself as a candidate for membership is your first step to integrating with our family of faith. If you are interested in becoming a member, please discuss your interest with our pastor, elder, one of our deacons, or a Sunday School teacher.
Before a person can be recommended to the congregation for membership you must work through RMLBC 101. This is a short orientation course to help new members become acquainted with RMLBC. Pastor Jason or another leader will meet with you and discuss this material.
At RMLBC membership is about participation in the life of the Body of Christ. Our church does not need spectators but rather fully participating members. Read Paul’s comparison of the church to the human body to see what RMLBC has in mind when we think of church membership:
1 Corinthians 12:12-18 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.