Membership and Baptism

AboutCalvary-MembershipPart 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.
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.
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.

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.”