Bible Questions

Bible Questions

How do we become members of the Church?

Through the new birth by living faith in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church.

No one can lay any other foundation than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).

The Church is built upon Him, even though He is the stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11, 12; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6-8).

Living faith in Christ, therefore, is essential.

It is by coming to Him, the living foundation stone of the Church, that we become part of God's spiritual building - the Church (1 Peter 2:4, 5).

As we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and confess Him as Lord, through the help of the Holy Spirit, we become members of the Church of Christ (Matthew 16:16-18; John 20:31; 1 Corinthians 12:3).

Those who hear God's call to become members of Christ's Church do so by means of the Word of God

Those who hear God's call to become members of Christ's Church do so by means of the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:8; Acts 16:14; 1 Corinthians 4:15; 1 Peter 1:23).

Such living faith means that the new birth has taken place.

We become members of the Church by new birth (John 3:5-8).

We belong to Christ and His Church through our possession of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9).

All believers are brought into the one Body of Christ - the Church - by the same Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13).

The Church of Christ is made up, therefore, of those who have a personal relationship to Christ.

They know Him (Philippians 3:10; 2 Peter 3:18).

He is their Shepherd (John 10:14; 1 Peter 2:25; 5:4).

As members of His Body, they have a living relationship to Him, the Head (John 15:5; Ephesians 4:11-16).