Membership is an expression of commitment to Christ, the Bible as God's word, and to the local church family. Becoming a member of State Line Christian Church empowers and allows you to serve in more ways at State Line. It also signifies your adoption into God's family. Members are expected to actively participate in the life of the church.
To become a member at State Line Christian Church, you must follow teachings set forth in the Bible:
- Admit that you have sinned (Romans 3:23)
- Understand the penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23)
- Acknowledge that Jesus is God's only Son and that He paid the penalty for your sins by His death on the cross (Romans 5:8; 10:9-10)
- Follow Christ through baptism and by immersion into His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4)
At State Line Christian Church, we simply follow the expression of faith as we understand it in the New Testament:
- Believe and Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior (Acts 16:30; Romans 10:9-10)
- Repent of sin (Matthew 4:17; Acts 3:29)
- Be baptized by immersion (Acts 2:38-41)
- Grow in Christ (2 Corinthians 10:15; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18)
Why is baptism so important? Baptism (immersion) is a necessary step in your journey of faith in Christ. Baptism does not make you a believer, but it is an obedient response and an expression of your faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. Every example we see in the Bible demonstrates that when a person commits to believe in Jesus, then he or she is baptized as an expression of that belief.
Is baptism necessary to become a member of State Line Christian Church? Yes, and this means baptism by immersion. Our desire is to simply obey the clear teaching of the Bible. So, even though you were baptized as an infant, your baptism today represents an obedience to Christ's command for all those who come to faith in Him.