Why join a church?
It’s Biblical. The New Testament is full of letters written to churches – groups of people gathered together for the purpose of worshiping God, spreading the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and reaching out to those in need. Acts 2:42-47 paints a beautiful picture of what a true church community looks like.
It gives you a group to hold you accountable. Let’s admit something, shall we? All of us, if left on our own, are inclined to not live up to our potential. We are better together. The Bible is clear on the fact that together, we make each other better. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” And Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 tells us the benefits of being together: a better return on our efforts, we can pick each other up when one is down, we can support each other, and we can defend each other. Who doesn’t want that?
Membership has its privileges. Our church bylaws that allow us to be a legally operating non-profit organization state that you have to be a member in good standing of Woodridge Baptist Church in order to teach any class or study that we may offer, as well as to have any vote in a church business meeting. In other words, membership is necessary to be totally involved in church life at Woodridge.
You add to our uniqueness. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about how the Holy Spirit gives every believer what we call “spiritual gifts,” and that we need all these gifts working in harmony to create a fully-working, smoothly flowing body of Believers. You have a unique combination of gifts that we need to help make us more complete!
Jesus gave up his life for the Church. Ephesians 5:25 says Christ loves the Church like a husband loves his bride, and that He died for the church to present it holy and clean before God. Jesus intends for believers to be part of a local body of believers. If it was important enough for him to give his life for, it’s important enough for you to join.
O.K. I’m convinced. How do I join Woodridge Baptist Church?
There are basically three ways that you can join Woodridge:
By accepting Christ and being baptized. This means admitting that you are a sinner in need of the forgiveness that only Jesus can offer and believing that Jesus died for your sins (Jesus as Savior), making a commitment to accept Jesus Christ as the leader of your life (Jesus as Lord), and getting baptized in the church by immersion (full submersion under water). Immersion of someone who is a confessed believer in Jesus is the only biblical model of baptism. In fact, the Greek word used in the New Testament (bap-ti’-zo) means “to fully immerse or submerge.” Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but is a command from Jesus that symbolizes his death, burial, and resurrection (submerging and re-emerging from the water), and is a public statement that you are aligning yourself with Jesus and have freely given your life over to Him.
By “statement of faith.” This means that you have made a public profession of your faith and been baptized by immersion at a church of similar beliefs, but a record of your membership cannot be obtained from that church.
By letter. This means that you have made a public profession of your faith and been baptized by immersion at a church of similar beliefs, and you are presently a member of another Baptist church that we can contact for membership transfer.
In order to join Woodridge Baptist Church, you must meet one of the above criteria and complete our Discover Woodridge class – a one-time class offered at regular intervals for your convenience. Discover Woodridge is our way of making you fully aware of the beliefs of our church as well how we function, who our leadership is, and opportunities/ministries in which you can serve. Children must attend our “New Christians Class” specially designed for kids.
If you would like to join Woodridge Baptist Church, be baptized, or if you have questions about the above information, please contact the church office at 281-361-6800, or e-mail the appropriate department at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Baptisms usually occur on the 4th Sunday of each month and are scheduled through our church office.