Membership and Baptism

AboutCalvary-Membership
Joining Calvary Baptist involves knowing what we believe and going in the same direction that we are going. We invite all who know Christ as their Savior to be a part of our church family if they share the same basic beliefs and if they desire to help us in our growth and maturity.
 
Although membership in a local church does not bring salvation, it is crucial and is designed by God as a part of your walk with Him. God designed the local church. Every person who knows Christ should be a member of a local church. It is easy to join, and it is easy to leave a church. But that does not mean that membership is without responsibility. In the Bible, Acts 2:42 says the early church “continued steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread (the Lord’s table) and prayers.”
 
Part of the blessings and responsibilities of church membership include doctrine. We have the privilege of learning more about the Lord, but we also have the responsibility to teach others the things that we are taught. 
 
Another important part of church membership is fellowship. We may not need a friend, but someone else may need our friendship. We go to church both to be a friend and to find a friend. 
 
Prayer is also a vital part of a church family. We all need prayer, and therefore, we all need to pray for one another.
 
Membership Foundations Class
 

Pastor LaPine teaches this class for anyone who is interested in learning more about the church. The class begins with a simple principle found in Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”

We desire to have a church where people walk together, but no one is in agreement on every point. We desire to be in agreement on the “fundamentals” of the faith, the most basic tenets to what makes us followers of Jesus Christ.

This class meets several times each year and is a revolving class. You can come in on any lesson and continue until you have completed each of the eight lessons.
 

Growing in Christ

Salvation is a free gift, but that is just the beginning. Once you come to know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have a desire to get to know Him as your friend and as your Lord.

The church is His body on this earth. He desires for us to fellowship together for strength, encouragement, and teaching. To grow in your Christian life, you need to spend time daily in the Word of God, and spend time with God in prayer.

The Lord has also given you the responsibility to love one another and to share His good news of salvation with people who do not know what it means to be saved.
 
Baptism
In the Bible, baptism is the first step of obedience once you know Jesus Christ as your Savior. Baptism does not save a you. It is a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It also pictures the complete cleansing that takes place once a person comes to know Christ by immersion under the water and then the rising from the water.  
 
Babies are never baptized in the Bible. The Ethiopian eunuch asked Philip, “What do I have to do to be baptized?” Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart.” Babies can’t believe with their heart.
 
When you receive Jesus as Savior, you need to be baptized to show that you have accepted the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for your sins. Click here for more information. Please contact us if you would like to visit with a Pastor.