Why Join A Church?
It is clear from the New Testament that God never intended Christians to go it alone.
The church is called the Body of Christ and this implies that many different members are joined together in unity. Rom 12:4-5 1 Cor 12:12-27.
It is also called a Building and this suggests many separate stones joined together to form a strong structure. 1 Pet 2:4-5
These terms speak of togetherness; people in relationship with others. The Bible is even more emphatic; it distinctly warns against neglecting meeting together. Heb 10:24-25
Jesus set us an example by regularly attending services in the synagogue and temple, calling the temple ‘My Father's House’.
In the same way the members of the early church were constantly together in corporate worship and fellowship. Acts 1:12-14, 2:1
When Saul came to Jerusalem, he immediately tried to join the disciples (Acts 9:26), a word that means to glue or cement together. In other words, he wanted to do more than just attend meetings, he wanted to become bonded to the community of believers in definite commitment.
In nearly every sphere of life, commitment to others in meaningful relationship is absolutely vital. In marriage, family life, work and even in recreation we need some form of togetherness. A team and its supporters need to be together if they are to have any chance of winning.
The Church cannot win unless its members meet together and work together practically, this means Christians get together locally, committing themselves to each other in a mutual commitment to Jesus.
Having received Christ as my Lord and Saviour and been baptised, and being in agreement with the Elim Christian Centre, Cheltenham strategy and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Elim Christian Centre, Cheltenham family. In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members to do the following:
I Will Protect The Unity Of My Church
• By acting in love toward other members
• By refusing to gossip
• By following the leaders
So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of our fellowship together. Rom 14:19
Live in complete harmony with each other - each with the attitude of Christ toward each other. Rom 15:5
Have a sincere love for your fellow believers, love one another earnestly with all your hearts. 1 Pet 1:22
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs... Eph. 4:29
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 no advantage to you. Heb. 13:17
I Will Share The Responsibility Of My Church
• By praying for its growth
• By inviting the unchurched to attend
• By warmly welcoming those who visit
• By attending the church Vision meetings
To the church...we always thank God for you and pray for you constantly. 1 Thes 1:2
Go out into the country...and urge anyone you find to come in, so that My House will be full. Luke 14:23
So, warmly welcome each other into the church, just as Christ has warmly welcomed you; then God will be glorified. Rom 15:7
I Will Serve The Ministry Of My Church
• By discovering my gifts and talents
• By being equipped by my pastors to serve
• By developing a servant's heart
Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you 1 Peter 4:10
God gave... some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up... Eph 4:11-12
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 Jesus Christ... who took on the very nature of a servant... Phil 2:3-4,7
I Will Support The Testimony Of My Church
• By attending faithfully
• By joining a Small Group
• By living a godly life
• By giving regularly
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together... but let us encourage one another. Heb 10:25
But whatever happens, make sure that your everyday life is worthy of the gospel of Christ. Phil 1:27
Each one of you, on the first day of each week, should set aside a specific sum of money in proportion to what you have earned and use it for the offering. 1 Cor 16:2
A tenth of all your produce is the Lord's, and it is holy. Lev 27:30
Some of the Benefits
• It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ.
• It gives you a place to discover and use your gifts in ministry.
• It places you under the spiritual leadership of Godly leaders.
• It gives you the accountability you need to grow.
Membership is open to those who:
• Have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour
• Agree with our doctrinal beliefs which are listed overleaf
• Seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit & the gifts He brings if this has not already happened
• Are willing to be baptised in water by full immersion if this has not already taken place
• Plan to attend Sunday & special services regularly