How does one become a member of the
church of Christ?
In the salvation of man's soul there are 2 necessary parts: God's part
and man's part. God's part is the big part, "For by grace you have been
saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift if God; not of
works, that no man should glory" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The love which God felt
for man led him to send Christ into the world to redeem man. The life and
teaching of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming of the gospel
to men constitute God's part in salvation.
Though God's part is the big part, man's part is also necessary if man is to
reach heaven. Man must comply with the conditions of pardon which the Lord has
announced. Man's part can clearly set forth in the following steps:
Hear the Gospel. "How shall they call on him whom they have not
believed? and how shall they believe him whom they have not heard? and how shall
they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14).
Believe. "And without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing unto
him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that seek after him" (Hebrews 11:6).
Repent of past sins. "The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked;
but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent" (Acts
Confess Jesus as Lord. "Behold here is water; What doth hinder me to be
baptized ? And Philip said, if thou believeth with all thy heart thou mayest.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God"
Be baptized for the remission of sins. "And Peter said unto them, Repent
ye, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the
remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
Live a Christian life. "Ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy
nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the
excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light" (1 Peter 2:9).
Now that you are aware of a church in the 20th century which is built according
to the blue prints of Christ's original church, why not become a member of it?
In becoming a member of it, you will be called upon to do nothing which you
cannot read in the New Testament. You will then live and worship just as the
apostle-guided Christians of the first century did.
Not only is this return to New Testament Christianity a wonderful basis upon
which all believers in Christ can unite, it is absolutely solid ground. If we do
just what our Lord commanded we know that our salvation is certain. Come with us
as we go back to the Bible, back to Christ and his church!
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