Church membership is not a cold, lifeless term having to do with names on a list. It’s a dynamic, “flesh and blood” term that describes the members of a body of believers.
The apostle Paul powerfully pictures this body when he describes believers as “…the body of Christ and individual members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Throughout this passage, Paul compares gathered believers to the human body. The believer is made for community, not isolation.
When an individual is saved, he becomes a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Because he is united to Christ and the other members of the body in this way, he is then qualified to become a member of a local expression of that body.
As a follower of Christ, it is important for you to commit to a local body of believers for biblical instruction (1 Tim. 4:13; 2 Tim. 4:2), service (Gal 5:13), worship (Rom 12:1-2, Heb 12:28), ministry (1 Cor. 12:4-31, James 1:27), accountability (Hebrews 10:24–25, Col 3:16) and proclaiming the gospel to those who are lost (Matt. 28:18-20). At First Baptist Church Lyman we believe that commitment begins with becoming a member of our church body.
We are always excited to see God add new members to our body of believers! If you think God may be leading you to join us please make sure you are in agreement with our doctrinal statement and our church covenant. Next, please contact one of our pastors this Sunday or by phone or email. We are looking forward to speaking with you very soon!