A temple has bricks. A flock has sheep. A vine has branches. And a body has members. In one sense, church membership begins when Christ saves us and makes us a member of his body. Yet his work must then be given expression in an actual local church. In that sense, church membership begins when we commit to a particular body. Being a Christian means being joined to a church.
Scripture therefore instructs us to assemble regularly so that we can regularly rejoice in our common hope and regularly spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:23–25). Church membership is not simply a record of a box we once checked. It’s not a sentimental feeling. It’s not an expression of affection toward a familiar place. It’s not an expression of loyalty or disloyalty toward parents. It should be the reflection of a living commitment, or it is worthless.
We call those who are saved to assemble together every Sunday to Worship our Savior. Expositional Preaching is the center of the worship service and the most vital. The practice of expositional preaching presumes a belief that what God says is authoritative for his people. It presumes that his people should hear it and need to hear it, lest our congregations be deprived of what God intends to use for shaping us after his image. It presumes that God intends the church to learn from both Testaments, as well as from every genre of Scripture—law, history, wisdom, prophesy, gospels, and epistles.
We come and expect to hear a Word from God.
Through both traditional and modern hymns and songs we lift our voice to praise him. The word must also inform our music as the words are our heart's cry to God. Therefore we are committed to singing unto the Lord.
We desire to see believers and those who are seeking God to gather and worship Sundays with us. Seeing people identify with the local church and being committed to one another is the first step in in growing disciples.