Church Membership & Baptism

 

Why is church membership so important?

Believers are expected to “join” their lives to a local body of believers.     
 
  “But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.” Acts 5:13
  • Christians are commanded to submit to local church leaders for spiritual protection””Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17
  • The church is pictured in the Bible as a body, kingdom, family, building, and flock. This only happens in the context of a common commitment to a local assembly of believers. Membership is not about me, it is about us.

How do I join Union as a member?

At the close of each service, we extend an invitation for people to come forward to receive prayer, counseling, or information about joining our church. At that time, our counselors can assist you and gather any necessary information. As a general rule, you can unite with Union Baptist Church in one of the following ways:

  • A profession of faith in Jesus Christ, followed by Scriptural baptism. (see below)
  • Affirmation of faith in Jesus Christ, followed by Scriptural baptism.
  • Statement of faith in Jesus Christ and Scriptural baptism.
  • Transferring membership from another Baptist church of like faith.
 

Then what?Union Baptist Transparent

  • Attend the Discovery Membership Seminar offered twice per year.
  •  Meet with a Pastor.
  • Fill out membership petition.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Should I Be Baptized?baptism-feature

Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for believers. The baptismal waters don’t save anyone. It’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.

Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) It shows our new life as a follower of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Baptism doesn’t make you a believer… it shows that you already believe. Baptism doesn’t save you; Jesus does! Baptism is like a wedding ring, signifying a relationship rather than forming that relationship.

We follow Jesus’ example in baptism. He was baptized (Mark 1:9), and commanded us to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20).

At Union, we baptize by immersion. That’s the example we see throughout Scripture, and is the basis for the meaning of the word “baptize,” which means to immerse (or dip under) in water.

Ready to be baptized?

If you’re a believer, you should be baptized! It doesn’t matter if you were saved 20 years ago or just last week… it’s time to take the next step in your faith journey.

We can normally baptize you during any worship service. Just let us know when you would like to be baptized and someone will set up a time and give you instructions. office@DiscoverUnion.org  or 865.687.4500