Church Membership

When the New Testament refers to Christians as “members,” it uses the term as part of a metaphor in which the church is called the “body of Christ,” with Jesus at the head and individual members functioning as different parts of the body—all important, but all different. For example, in Romans 12:4–5, Paul writes, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (see also 1 Cor 6:15; 12:12–31; Eph 2:19–22; 3:6; 4:25; 5:30).

What this means is that, if you are a Christian, you already are a member of the church—the global community of redeemed individuals saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

So why do we (and so many other churches) have something called church membership? Church membership is an official commitment to function according to God’s calling in a particular local church. By becoming a member of New Beginnings, you affirm that you understand that you have a role in the body of Christ and that New Beginnings is the local body to which you are committing yourself for this purpose.

Church membership is a commitment to two pillars: Mission and Accountability.

Mission

The mission of New Beginnings Bible Church is plain and simple: To make disciples of Jesus. We do this through relevant teaching of the Word of God, gathering together to worship Jesus, being involved in small groups, training leaders to do the work of the Gospel, raising children who love Jesus, and contributing to the work of the gospel worldwide.

Church members are expected to be personally invested in these things in any way that they can. They are also called upon to aid in the making of important decisions with respect to our church and its mission by being authorized to vote at any and all official congregational meetings.

Accountability

Church members are both held accountable to others and are expected to hold others accountable. By entering into church membership, and individual is asking the church, as a corporate body under the leadership of the pastor and the board of trustees, to challenge them on patterns of persistent, unrepentant, sinful behavior, and, if necessary, to exercise church discipline. The individual is also agreeing to call others to repentance when necessary.

 

If you would like more information about membership at New Beginnings, please contact Pastor Doug at pastordougnbbc@gmail.com (973-600-4807).