Why Join A Church

Why join a church?

Church membership is an important commitment because it is a tangible expression of a life that is committed to Jesus Christ. Church membership has its theological base clearly set forth in the New Testament.
There is no evidence of anyone becoming a follower of Jesus Christ without being committed to the fellowship of a local church with other like-minded and like-hearted individuals for spreading The Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Church membership provides a place for service and ministry, it gives opportunity for the disciplines of accountability to be properly expressed, and allows the discernment of the word and the body of Christ to take place, as the church
lives out its mission and ministry in the community

The Local Church

Example of what offten happens.

Let's say you were standing in a chair, and someone else was on the floor. Would it be easier for you to pull them up to your chair, or for them to pull you back down?
This is an example set for us through our trials. Nonbelievers will most times drag the Christian back into a worldly/ungodly way of thinking and a sinful manner.
However believers will help other believers in trials, to stand with them and pray for them. Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
This instructs believers to, "Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called 'Today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." God's desire for His children is not that we go on this journey alone, but that we grow together, and edify each other. Believers are called to minister and lift up one another, and do so by reminding each other about the Savior and the great things He has done.
Hebrews 10:23-25 (23)Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) (24) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works:
(25) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhort one another: and so much more, as you see the day approaching.
This teaches, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near."
God knows how important it is for us to have fellowship and to grow closer to Him by learning more about Him.
Believers meet together, not to sit in pews and show off their best outfits, but so that through Worship, Bible study, Prayer, Giving and hearing God's Word Preached,Christ may become more real and powerful in each person's life. Believers meet together to remind each other that God is forever faithful, and that His people are to be faithful, too.

So, how does one go about choosing a church? Finding a church should begin with prayer and reliance upon God. Practically speaking, there are things one should look for to know if the church you are interested in is healthy and effective.

1.The first area of concern is doctrinal. What is the church preaching and teaching? There are doctrines of the church that are indispensable when seeking a fellowship that is teaching and preaching the truth.

The Bible
Does the church teach that the Bible is the Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16 teaches, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." Does the church advocate this doctrine?

Does the church teach and preach that there is one God, A Triune God, who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Does the church teach and preach that man was created in the image of God, but that sin entered into the Human race, and we are separated from God; because of sin. This left man totally hopeless and without God in his lost condition, from this we are ALL sinners and in need of salvation.

The Deity of Christ
Does the church teach and preach that Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but that He is God?

The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
Does the church teach and preach that the Holy Spirit placed Him in the womb of the Virgin Mary to be born?

The Cross and The Blood
Does the church teach and preach the crucifixion, Jesus died on the cross, shed his lifes blood, that through him dying a vicarious death in our place as the sacrifice for our sin,through him we can be Saved and forgiven?

The Bodily Resurrection of Christ
Does the church teach and preach that Jesus fully conquered death, hell and the grave, and did all He said He would do, rising on the third day after according to the scriptures?

The Second Coming
Does the church teach and preach The Blessed Hope that Jesus is coming again?

The Judgment
Does the church teach and preach that there is a time for each person to stand before almighty God and give an account?

Heaven and Hell
Does the church teach and preach that Christ's judgment will result in different eternal destinations for people of this world, those who have trusted Christ, and those who have not, There is a Real Heaven and there is a Real Hell?

Does the church teach and preach that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, went to the cross and died a sacrificial, atoning death and that His sacrifice is the only Way of salvation?

Eternal Life
Does the church teach and preach that all the redeemed, the once saved, have eternal life and are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever, and that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior; keeping separation, from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and the appearince there of ?

Does the church teach and preach Evangelism and Missions, Today is the day of salvation, all must Hear the Gospel of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations.This is The Great Commission so does the church have a mission program?

2.The next area of concern, is in finding a church and examining whether or not the church is :

Building up your faith and discipling you?
Strengthening your relationship with God?
Enabling you to understand the Scriptures?
Teaching you scriptural principles for living?
Providing avenues through which you can serve?

3.The last area for concern, is discovering if the church has a Mission Ministry reaching both across the street and around the world. The Missions still the same, proclame and preach the truth" In Jesus Name"
Is the church concerned about poverty-stricken people and people around the world who have never heard the gospel?
Is it evangelistic and missions minded?
Is it making an impact in it's community, as well as globally?

Church membership is essential for the growing Christian.
Increase your love for Christ and for the people of God by joining a church. Find a church that will teach you about Christ, being your support group in difficult times, and teaching you how to serve the Lord with your life.
Join, get involved, and let your life count for Christ as you serve in a local Church and around the world.

We would like to invite you to consider? Making East Bristol Baptist Church your church home, based on the information you searched on this page.