(How Do I Join Your Church?) Bible Question.
“I have been attending a church of Christ and love the people and the simple style of worship. I want to get involved with the church. But I am told I must be a member first. How do I join your church?”
I am thrilled that you are considering this decision.
First, it is not my church. The church belongs to the One who “purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28; New American Standard Bible). To be part of the body of Christ is to be cleansed by the blood of Christ. When you do that, the Lord will add you to the church, just as He did in Acts 2:47.
The steps to claiming the blood of Jesus are simple. . .
You must have faith in God and in His Son, the Christ. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)
You must repent of your sins and turn away from the call of the world. “Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
As both these verses also state, you must be washed in the blood of the Lamb by being baptized. “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:21)
Having been cleansed by the blood of Jesus to be made a child of God, you must live your life as a confession of your faith, reflecting Jesus in all you say and do. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:17).
These steps are simple, but life-changing. It is not difficult to become a part the great family of God. But it is a lifetime investment in serving the God of heaven. I again encourage you to become part of God’s family.
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