The Eternal Word
by Rev. G. Scott Perry
Today’s sermon, "The Eternal Word" (John 1:1-3) by Rev. G. Scott Perry.
This is the 1st sermon in our series The True Light of Christmas.
Is church membership a big deal? We believe it it is! The Church does not exist to be a voluntary Christian club or service provider. Membership is more than simply attending church meetings, gaining a new title, and receiving spiritual benefits. It’s a covenant community: a spiritual family that requires commitment, responsibility, service, and sacrifice.
We invite those who are thinking about membership to attend our Membership 101 class to explore what it means to be a member of TBC, to examine the beliefs of The Church, and to consider the responsibilities and obligations church membership engenders. Contact the church office to sign up for the next available Membership 101 class.
Baptism is the means by which those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ publicly express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection. Being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is a physical demonstration of the spiritual reality for those who have placed their faith in Jesus; we have died to sin and are being raised to new life in Christ. It is a sign that we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God and we have been given the right to be called the children of God, in other words we belong to a new family. For those seeking membership, we will ask that you take this step before becoming a member of TBC. Membership 101 will cover the biblical significance of baptism and allow you to ask any questions you may have.
Once you’ve completed all other membership requirements the final steps in joining our church family is to affirm the TBC Membership Covenant 2015 and be presented to the church for membership. This covenant is explained in detail in Membership 101.
Recommended Book on Biblical Church Membership
Church Membership by Jonathan Leeman