“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.“
In any relationship dating is fine, but marriage is better. Formal membership is the way that you say to the church, “I want to be a part of this church – I believe her doctrine, I love her people, I want to serve in her ministries and I want to have a say in her direction.” Likewise the church says to you, “We want you to be a part of this group. We love you. We are going to help you walk closely with Jesus.” It’s a mutual commitment. It’s good for you – it’s good for the church.
So in order for our church to become a strong and effective “pillar” for Truth in our community and in the world, we recognize the need for commitment and accountability that only formal membership brings. Although people are free to minister at Pillar Church without membership, several key ministry positions require this level of commitment. Our membership course is called Next Steps.
Next Steps is presented by the church leadership several times each year. The meeting is generally held on a Sunday afternoon. Completing the class does not automatically make you a member of Pillar but the class is a prerequisite for those who wish to become members. Our goal is that by the conclusion of the course, you will have a clear understanding of the direction and structure of our church as well as knowledge of the benefits and expectations of membership.
In the Next Steps book there is an information form for those who wish to become members. When completed simply hand it in to one of the leaders you met during the course. The form is also available in an online version here.
Q: Why should I be baptized?
A: Because God commands it.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. -Matthew 28:19
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:16
Q: What is the significance of baptism?
A: Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day. -1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead. – Colossians 2:12
We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6:4
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
Q: Who should be baptized?
A: Anyone who has turned from sin and believes in Jesus Christ.
Those who accepted His message were baptized – Acts 2:41
But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news… and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. – Acts 8:12
Simon himself believed and was baptized. – Acts 8:13
Q: How should we be baptized?
A: By being immersed in water.
Every instance of baptism in the bible was by immersion (under water) for example:
As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of water. – Matthew 3:16
Philip baptized him… When they came up out of the water… Acts 8:38
Fact: The word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizo” which means “to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge”.
Baptism does not make you a Christian; instead, it shows the world that you are one! Baptism cannot “Save” you; only your faith in Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ceremony – the outward expression of an inward commitment.
Some of history’s most respected theologians agree that immersion is the best way to practice baptism.
Q: What about being baptized twice?
A: That depends…
If you were baptized as a child or at some point before personally accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior we urge you to consider being baptized again. However, if you were baptized by immersion after your decision to follow Jesus there is no need to be baptized again.
Q: What is the process like?
A: Here is what you can expect…
When you indicate to a church leader that you are interested in being baptized they will make sure all of your questions about baptism are answered and that you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. Once you are comfortable with everything we will schedule a baptism on a Sunday during one of our worship services. We generally baptize in a portable baptistery set up inside the building.
If you have more questions about baptism or would like to talk with someone about being baptized at Pillar Church please contact one of our pastors at [email protected].