Salvation

WHAT DOES SALVATION AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP HAVE TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER?

 

That’s a GREAT question!  In order to be a member of the church, one must be added by God.  We refuse to impose more than God requires and yet will not accept less than God demands.  Here at Murdock we do not ask for a letter from your home church or vote on anyone.  If a person is a Christian, they can be a member at Murdock. So what does the Bible say one needs to do to be a Christian?

 

BELIEVE IN CHRIST

John 3:16   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (See also Mark 16:16;  Acts 16:29-33)

 

REPENT OF SINS

(This means to change your sinful ways.  It is a decision to stop doing what is wrong in God’s eyes and start doing what’s right.  This is an ongoing process!).

Luke 13:3  “Unless you repent, you too will all perish.”  (See also Acts 17:30)

 

CONFESS YOUR FAITH IN JESUS

Matthew 10:32  “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.”  (See also Romans 10:10;  Matthew 16:16;)

 

BE BAPTIZED

Acts 2:38  “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”  (See also Acts 22:16;  I Peter 3:21)

 

(See the special section on Baptism for a fuller discussion of what this means).

 

If you have done all of the above we invite you to join us!  You will be asked to make your decision public at one of our worship services, which gives you a great opportunity to confess your faith in Christ.  If you have any further questions, please see our minister, an elder, or any of the church members.  They would be glad to answer any questions you may have.

 

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