A. Membership says, "I accept responsibility for a group of fellow believers in the family of God," and that's God's plan as well. You want to be part of a group of believers who pray for each other, support each other and help each other grow through worship, Bible study and ministry.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
B. Membership says, "I am accountable to mature believers in Christ for my walk with God." Christians want to receive guidance, equipping and help as necessary to remain on target. You don't want to go it alone in your Christian walk.
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."
C. Membership says, "I accept responsibility for how things are done here," and God says that's how it should be. Members vote on budgets, issuing calls and have an impact on the shape and direction of the church's mission.
1 Corinthians 12:20-27
There are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
We never ask church members to do more than the Bible clearly teaches. We only expect church members to do what the Bible expects every Christian to do. These responsibilities are spelled out below.
** Having received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and professing the same faith as this community, I join with Light of Christ to do the following:
1. Protect the unity of my church
* By acting in love toward one another
* Be refusing to gossip
* By following the leadership of this church in doing the work of the Lord.
* By attending faithfully.
1 Peter 1:22
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.
2. Pray daily for myself and my church.
* I will pray twenty minutes everyday.
* I will pray for other members of this church for their well-being, protection, and guidance from the Holy Spirit.
* I will pray for the staff pastor, teachers and secretary.
* I will pray for the unchurched to attend our services or bible studies.
* I will pray that God provides finances and people to run the ministries of Light of Christ.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
2 Thessalonians 1:12
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
3. Read scripture daily
* I will read my bible for twenty minutes a day.
* I will live by the standards the Bible lays out for me.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
4. Serve the ministries of Light of Christ
* I will give of my time to help run or support the various ministries.
* By inviting the unchurced to attend.
* By warmly welcoming visitors to the church.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
"Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.
1 Peter 4:10
10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
5. Support the ministry of Light of Christ
* By giving of my time
* By financially supporting the church
* Through my prayers
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
"'A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
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