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We are working through this issues as a church body. This is an information session talking about membership, its importance and the growth cycle for believers.

We are working through this issues as a church body. This is an information session talking about membership, its importance and the growth cycle for believers.

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  • Baptism and Membership
    A Biblical discussion of their connection within the church
  • The Baptist Acrostic
    Biblical authority (Mat 24:35; 1 Pet 1:23; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
    Autonomy of the local church (Mat 18:15–17; 1 Cor 6:1-3)
    Priesthood of all believers
    Two ordinances (believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper) (Act 2:41–47; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)
    Individual soul liberty
    Saved church membership (Mat 16:18; Eph 5:23–32; Col 1:18)
    Two offices of the church (pastor and deacon)
    Separation of Church and State
  • Images of the Church
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  • The Value of local church
    The real life practice of the “one anothers”
    The exercise of spiritual gifts for glory of God
    The development of your faith and relationship with God
    The working model of interdependence, mutual benefit, and leadership
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  • Formal Ceremony
    Ceremony is important for the partners
    Ceremony is important for the witnesses
    Ceremony is highly cultural
  • The Church & the church
    Universal Church
    (“Big C” church, catholic, world-wide, global)
    Local Church
    (“Little C” church, local, Tabernacle Baptist Church)
  • Local Church
    (“Little C” church, local, Tabernacle Baptist Church)
    Regenerated
    Un-regenerated
  • The Baptist Acrostic
    Biblical authority (Mat 24:35; 1 Pet 1:23; 2 Tim 3:16-17)
    Autonomy of the local church (Mat 18:15–17; 1 Cor 6:1-3)
    Priesthood of all believers
    Two ordinances (believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper) (Act 2:41–47; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)
    Individual soul liberty
    Saved church membership (Mat 16:18; Eph 5:23–32; Col 1:18)
    Two offices of the church (pastor and deacon)
    Separation of Church and State
  • The Signals of Regeneration
    We cannot see the heart
    We have to look for early fruit
    Love of the Savior, gospel
    Love of the Word
    Love of the brothers, church
  • BAPTISM
    SALVATION
    MEMBERSHIP
    MINISTRY/SERVICE
  • Membership Coaching
    We are interested in stranding any runners
    We are interested in reaching the goal “every member a minister”
    We will not force runners to advance before they are ready
  • Membership Issues to Avoid
    Membership as a bragging right, entitlement
    Membership as an oppression instrument or excuse for abuse
    Membership as a casual understanding
    Membership as a forced, coerced decision
  • Technical Membership
    GROWTH
    GROWTH
    GROWTH
    Leadership
    Practical Membership
    GROWTH
    GROWTH
    Fuzzy Membership
  • Progressive Membership
    1 = “FUZZY”
    friendship, comfort in services, welcomed
    2 = “WARM”
    small group involvement, investigative, interested
    3 = “TECHNICAL”
    membership ceremony, formal identification
    4 = “PRACTICAL”
    ministry involvement, fully invested, $/time/talent
    5 = “LEADERSHIP”
  • Some examples to consider
    Ethopianeunuch (Acts 8:35-39)
    Philippianjailor (Acts 16:31-34)
    Thief on cross (Luke 23:39-43)
    Simon, the Great (Acts 8:12-24)
    The Corinthians (1 Cor. 1:14-17)
    Paul (Acts 9:18; 22:13-16)
    Jesus (Matt 3:13-17; Luk 3:21-22)
    John (Matt 3:6-12; Mrk 1:8-9; Luk 3:3-9)