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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.†††††††††††††† Meaning of Church Membership
II.†††††††††††† Why Be Converted?
III.††††††††††† Characteristics of Genuine Conversion
IV.††††††††††† Who Is A Christian?
V.††††††††††††† Why Be A Christian?
VI†††††††††††††† Ordinances (Baptism and the Lord's Supper)
VII.† ††††††††† Serve The Lord With Gladness
VIII.†††††††††† Tithing and Stewardship
IX.††††††††††††† Some Basic Bible Doctrines
X. ††††††††††††† Grow In The New Life
XI.††††††††††††† Church Covenant
XII.†††††††††† Church Etiquette
XIII.†††††††††† Church History
XIV.††††††††† 12 Basic Bible Reasons Why I am a Baptist
†††††† ††††††††††† ††††MEANING OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Church -- The English word church is derived from the Greek word kuriakon, meaning the lordís house and referring to a building.† In the New Testament the word church translates the Greek term ecclesia, which refers to an assembly of people and not to a building, defined as the Body of Christ.† This suggests the intimate relationship between members of the church with one another and with Christ as the head.† They are unified in one Baptism, one Supper and one Spirit which furnishes the whole body with power, peace, hope and love.
Membership -- Being a member of or belonging to
Church membership is for baptized believers.† Membership should be composed only of those who have personally accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.† Baptist oppose inclusion of infants and unsaved people as members of the church.† Anyone desiring to unite with a Baptist church should give evidence of faith in Christ.
Every converted person needs to become a church member in order for the new life to grow and mature.
Not all Christians have the same talents and abilities; but regardless of special skills or talents; all should go to church regularly.
The regular worship of God should be the normal desire of each of his children.† In the church
††††††††††† 1. ††††††† You learn about the Bible
††††††††††† 2. ††††††† You find fellowship with other Christians
3.†††††††† You pray with other Christians
4.†††††††† You worship God
5.†††††††† You serve God
6.†††††††† You give to Godís work
7.†††††††† You do Christís will.
Question:† Can you be a Christian without being a church member?† Can you be educated††††† without going to school?
Answer:† Yes, after a fashion, but how well educated would you be without going to school?† In essence, we need the routine of regular worship, study, service and giving,†† the discipline of church covenant and help of those trained to interpret the Scripture.
†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††WHY BE CONVERTED?
Conversion:† A turning, or returning to God.† Conversion refers to turning to God and acceptance of the salvation which has been offered in Christ.† It involves faith which expresses itself in obedience and repentance, in which a man turns from a life of sinfulness to live in accordance with Godís commands.
Salvation:† The act, process or result of deliverance or preservation from danger, bondage, disease, or sin.† The supreme manifestation of Godís grace, the focal point in the history of salvation is the cross of Jesus Christ.† Salvation is a free gift of God granted to lost and un-deserving men who trust in the righteousness of Christ, and humble themselves in submission to His will.
Repentance:† A feeling of sorrow or remorse for wrong doing.
Faith: Unquestioning belief in God; complete trust or confidence (Hebrews 11:1).
Grace:† In the Old Testament, grace usually means kindness or graciousness shown by a superior to an inferior; the same word is elsewhere translated favor.†† In the New Testament it is used in reference to Godís redemptive love which acts to draw men to him and to preserve them in covenant relationship with Him.
We are all created in Godís image with a capacity for intimate fellowship with God.† Sin causes that fellowship to separate; divide or sever.
Conversion is necessary because of sin.† It involves a turning away from and a turning to SOMEONE.† Turning away from sin is called repentance.† Turning to God is called faith.† It involves a conscious decision to turn away from sin.
Conversion refers to the outward evidence of an inward change.† The
inner change is repentance and faith.† Conversion may vary with respect
to age, personality, or degree of sin in oneís life; or could occur as a result of a crisis situation.
Conversion also involves faith; turning toward God through faith in Jesus Christ.† Faith is the decision to make Christ the ruling influence in your life.† Through faith you establish a personal and intimate relationship with God, and you become aware of the nearness of God.† Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17:† If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
†††††† CHARACTERISTICS OF GENUINE CONVERSION
1.†††††† A willingness to learn
2.†††††† A concern for personal morality and righteousness
3.†††††† A changed life style with openness to future changes as God
†reveals the need
4.†††††† Love for other people (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
5.††††††† A deep and continuing desire to know and follow the will of
††††††††† God, (Not my will, but thine be done.† Matthew 26:42)
WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?
Christians are people who love Jesus Christ, trust in Him as their Savior, and are obedient to Him as their Lord.† The living Christ is with them as Guide, Helper and Savior. †They obey Him and strive to model their lives after Him.
WHY BE A CHRISTIAN?
1.†††††† Because God Loves You.† In John 3:16, we are told of the greatest gift that God has given to us----HIS Son, JESUS CHRIST.† We should show our appreciation to God by loving and serving Him willingly all our lives.
2.†††††† Because Christ Will Help You Face Life.† Our experiences in life include all that we are or ever will be, our hopes and ambitions and all our accomplishments.
Our decisions, desires, likes and dislikes, thoughts and words are all included in life experiences.† Sometimes we need help and advice from others in order to be successful and the greatest friend to have is JESUS CHRIST.† By studying His Word (the Bible), we can each discover the rules for happy and purposeful living that He has given us.
3.†††††† Because Christ Will Give You Eternal (Everlasting) Life.† I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.† (John 10:10)† This not only applies to physical life, but also spiritual life.† Following Christ doesnít mean the end of fun and laughter, but can be a beginning of a rich, full, radiant and satisfying life with Him.
4.†††††† Because Christ Will Reclaim You From Selfishness and Sin.† Sin is a broken relationship between us and God.† Any of our thoughts, words, or acts contrary to Godís law is sin.† When we know the right thing to do and fail to do it, we commit sin. (James 4:17).
(What sin does).† The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).†† This not only speaks of physical death, but also the fact that disobedience separates us from God; both now and in the future life.† When we choose to go our own selfish ways we seem to be saying we donít want Godís love or fellowship.† Although our bodyís are very much alive, when we sin, we are dead to God.
(Who has sinned).† Unfortunately, we ALL qualify.† If we are honest, there is no one who can say that they have done no wrong.† 1 John 1:8 says,† ďIf we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us† Romans 3:23, says;† For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GodĒ.†
We all need to be saved from
sin and given the power to obey God.†
Jesus came to save each of us from sin.†
When He died on the cross at
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BECOMING A CHRISTIAN ARE:
1. ††††† Believe in Jesus Christ† (references Acts 16:31; John 1:12).
2.†††††† Repent of your sinful and selfish ways; turn to Christ.†
(references Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15)
3.† †††† Obey the commands of Christ..†††
††††† †††††††††††† (If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15.)
†(Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved.
†††††††††††††††††† †† Acts 6:31).††
(But as many as received him, to them gave he power to
†††††††††††††††††† become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on his name.† John 1:12)
††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††ORDINANCES (Baptism and the Lordsí Supper)
Ordinance; An established practice; a command.† It is an acted -out symbol portraying a spiritual truth.† The two ordinances that Christ commanded us to observe are Baptism and the Lordís Supper (Acts 2:38).
1.†††††† Baptism: Baptist† practice baptism by immersion in the water.† After a person confesses faith in Christ, he is lowered under water and then immediately brought forth.
Before being qualified for baptism, one must repent of sins and accept Christ as his/her personal Savior. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12-13).† Belief is followed by baptism.† Baptism then is immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward change and is an expression of new life.† It is regarded as an act of obedience to Christís command.
Baptism shows a believers death to sin and determination to live a Christian life.
2.†††††† Communion: †Jesus Himself instituted the Lordís Supper.† The bread symbolizes the body of Jesus that was broken (wounded) for our sins and the cup is symbolic of His blood that was shed on the cross for our salvation.† Taking these emblems at the Lordís Supper is a constant reminder of Christís sacrifice for us.
Always before partaking of the Lordís Supper, one should examine himself carefully.† We should seek forgiveness of any sin in our lives and participate in this communion with a clean, pure heart.
(1 Corinthians 11: 23-29).
††††††† ††††††††††††††† †SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS
The Christian life is one of service; a service of love and gratitude.† Godís children do not serve Him to stay saved, but serve because they are saved.
Working for the Lord and your church is not only an important obligation, but also a high privilege.† Actively participating makes your membership more vital and personal.† Itís encouraging to know that your own abilities can be useful and beneficial to such a great organization as the church.†
Now that you are a member of Lincoln Memorial, we encourage you to look for a place to serve.
The following is a list of ministries available at Lincoln Memorial:
†††† Sunday School††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bible Study
†††† Missionary Department††††††††††††††††††† Choirs
†††† Ushers†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Youth Department
†††† Pastorís Aid††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††Nursesí Aid
†††† Laymenís League†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Membership Committee
†††† Church Anniversary Committee††††† Womanís Day Committee
†††† Menís Day Committee†††††††††††††††††††† Social Committee
†††† Recreation Committee††††††††††††††††††††† Revival Committee
†††† Calendar Committee†††††††††††††††††††††††† Floral Committee
†††† Historical Committee†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† †Graduation Reception Committee
†††† Family and Friends Day Committee LMBC Women of Faith
At Lincoln Memorial everybody is somebody and your participation is important.
††††††† ††††††††††††††† ††††††TITHING AND STEWARDSHIP
Tithe:† The custom of giving one tenth of oneís income and produce for religious purposes.† Leviticus 27: 30-32.
Stewardship:† The act of being an administrator of someone elseís finances; property
Accountable:† Obliged to account for oneís acts; responsible.
Christ gave His all for us, so as Christians we need to be about giving.† He has given all to us, but we sometimes fail to sacrifice for Him and His cause.
Sometimes we forget that God is the owner of all we possess. (Psalms 24:1).† The earth is the Lordís and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it.† Even our money is a trust from God.† Tithing means keeping a record of your income and then regularly giving a tenth of it to the Lord.† Each of us is accountable to God (Romans 14:12).
We also have a stewardship obligation which should not be overlooked.† This obligation involves our time, talents and money.
Stewardship means that a Christian is accountable to God for the way in which his or her life, health, body, talents, time and money are used.† The first step to be taken is to give oneself to God.† When we have surrendered our lives to God, then we will give our money joyfully to Godís work.† The test is; do you really enjoy giving generously to Godís work?
SOME BASIC BIBLE DOCTRINES
Doctrines: That which is taught.
The Christian doctrine is based on the preaching and writing of Jesus and His apostles.
1.†††††† The Bible:† The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are our infallible rule of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16.† The Bible is our guide.
2.†††††† God:† There is one true and living God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver and Righteous Governor of the universe and in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.† (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 4:24; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 47:7).
3.†††††† Christ:†† Christ is God manifested in the flesh; in His divine nature, truly God and in His human nature man.† He is the mediator between God and man; once crucified, now risen and glorified.† (John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:6-7; Romans 4:25; 1 Timothy 2:5).
4.†††††† The Holy Spirit:†† He is the Third Person of the Trinity and is a PERSON, not merely an influence (John 16: 7-14).
5.†††††† Election:††† God determined from the beginning to save all who would comply with the conditions of salvation.† Hence by faith in Christ, men became His elect (Ephesians 1:3-6).
6.†††††† The Christian Sabbath:†† The law requires that one day in seven be set apart for rest, worship, holy works and activities, and personal communion with God. (Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 24:1-6; Acts 20:7).
7.†††††† Religious Freedom:† All persons are responsible to God for their religious beliefs and practices; they therefore, should have the right to worship God as their own convictions and consciences dictate.
†† †††††††††††††††††††† GROW IN THE NEW LIFE
1.†††††† Pray every day
2.†††††† Read the Bible every day
3.†††††† Go to church regularly
4.†††††† Give regularly to the LORD
5.†††††† Witness for CHRIST faithfully
A prayer asking for Godís strength and guidance:
ďEternal God, help me to live each day in the spirit of Jesus Christ.† Keep me strong in my faith and true to him who surrendered His life for me, in Jesus name.† AmenĒ
Follow Christ As Your Example (1 Peter 2:21)
Many times we wonder what is right or wrong for a Christian to do. Study the Bible and see what Jesus taught or did in a similar case. Pray for guidance.
If what you are about to do:
††††††† 1. ††† Can be done in Jesus' name
2. ††† Will help other Christians by your example
3. ††† Can be done to the glory of God -----then you're doing right.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CHURCH† COVENANT
Covenant:† A binding agreement made by two or more individuals to do or keep from doing a specified thing; or a promise.
When joining the Baptist church, the Christian believer attempts to obey the teachings of Christ and live according to the church covenant.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.†
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this Church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine.
To contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.
In case of a difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance.
To walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good work; to guard each otherís reputation, not† needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each otherís joys, and with tender sympathy bear one anotherís burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Savior in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's word.
††††††††††† Church Etiquette:† All things are to be done decently and in order.†
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† † Etiquette in the church shows a reverence for Godís
†††††††††††††††††† † Presence and a concern for the feelings and well-being
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† † of other worshipers.
††††††††††† Remembering that Christians are in the world, but not of the World:
††††††††† ďBe not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.Ē †
††††††††† † (1 Corinthians 15:33)
†††††††††† One should always carry an atmosphere of friendliness, perhaps most†††
†††††††††† expressed by the exchanging of a smile; a warm hand shake; radiant
†††††††††† love toward all we contact at the service.
†††††††††††††††††† Doís ††††††††††††††††††† ††††and †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dontís
††††††††† Obey the Ushers and Pastor†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chewing gum
††††††††† Respect the Church property†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Talking††††††
†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Walking during
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †scripture or prayer
† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††CHURCH†† HISTORY
Our church, Lincoln Memorial
Baptist, was established following a community wide prayer band in 1956 and a
special meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Blake.† The first service was on May 13, 1956 at the
American Tobacco Union Hall with 50 members, several visitors and friends.† The services were held there until the
present church was built here at the corner of Roxboro and
As of today our
Vision is:† To fully embrace and live out Godís word by contributing to the
††††††††† ††††††† growth of His kingdom.
Church Motto:† ďReaching and Teaching for ChristĒ
Our Purpose:† To be a God fearing church that encourages love, unity, and
†††††††††††††††††††††††† Christian Faith through Bible teaching and learning,†
†††††††††††††††††† ††† Christian fellowship and spreading of Godís word.† We
†††††††††††††††††† ††† will be a holistic church that welcomes all and addresses the
††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† †††††physical and spiritual needs of our members and community.
1.†††††† Seek first the
2.†††††† Love the Lord with all your heart and soul.
3.†††††† Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
4.†††††† Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
5.†††††† Give and it shall be given unto you.
6.†††††† Study to show yourself approved unto God.
7.†††††††† Pray without ceasing concerning everything.
"12 Basic Bible Reasons why I am a Baptist"
†I. I am a Baptist first because Baptist believe the whole Bible and accept nothing but the Bible,
†††† as their guide† in matters of faith and practice. (Matthew 23:18-20, Luke 6:46; II Timothy 3:15-†
II. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe in One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism.
III. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe that salvation is wholly of God(John 1:12-13), that we
†††††† are save by grace and not of works,(Ephesians 2:8,9), and that the two conditions of salvation†
†††††† are Repentance and Faith. (Luke 13:3; John 3:15-16)
IV. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe in regenerated membership. (John 3:3; Acts 2:41-47).
V. I am a Baptist because The Baptist Church is the only church that has a Spiritual head and
†††††††† founder -CHRIST- as its' only head and He has founded only one church. (Matthew 16:18:
††††††† Colossians 1:18)
VI. I am a Baptist because Christ, the head of the Church, the only begotten Son of God,
both accepted and requested baptism at the hand of John the Baptist, a preacher
(Matthew 3:13-15) who was prepared in heaven(Luke 1:44) for this sublime task, and
†††††††† sent from God. (John 1:6)
VII. I am a Baptist because Baptist promote the rights of the individual: (1) we may seek God for
†††††††† our-selves. (Acts 17:27); (2) Everyone must repent for himself. (Acts 17:30); (3) Everyone
†††††††† must confess for himself. (Romans 10:9-10; (4) Everyone must report to God for himself.
†††††††† (Romans 14: 11-12).
VIII. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe in the democracy of the church (every
††††††††† member equal). (Matthew 20:24-28; Matthew 23:5-8).
IX. I am a Baptist because Baptist Ministers (whether called Pastors or Bishops) are equal in
††††††††† rank and are never to exercise authority over one another, (Mark 10:42-44); never to be†††
††††††††† called Master
or Father (Pope). (Matthew 23:8-12).
X. I am a Baptist because Baptist accept as church ordinances only those things
†††††††††† ordered by Jesus Christ which symbolize the death, burial, and resurrection of††††
†††††††††† Christ, namely-- Baptism and the Lord's Supper. (Romans 6:3-5).
XI. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe that the salvation of God is eternal. (John 3:14-18);
(John 10:28-31; Romans 8:1, 33-39: Hebrews 11:13, 32-33).
XII. I am a Baptist because Baptist believe in the second coming of Christ. (Acts 1:11);
††††††††† The immortality of the human soul: (Genesis 2:7; I Corinthians 15:44); The final†††
††††††††† judgment of a just God (Matthew 25:41-46); And the never-ending punishment of
††††††††† sinners and the eternal bliss of the saints(Matthew 25:34-36).
Handbook for New Church Members by Damon C. Dodd
The New Life (A Baptist Perspective) by Allan R. Knight and Gordon H. Schroeder
What Baptists Believe by Herschel H. Hobbs
Laymanís Bible Encyclopedia
In Covenant- the Meaning of Church Membership by Harold L. Sinder, Jerry Chapman, Bill Stancil
Church Etiquette; (R.H. Boyd Publishing) by Olivia Harris Woodfork