Frequently Asked Questions about Membership
How do I become a member at LVBC?
There are three ways to join our church family:
Baptism – If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, the Bible teaches that baptism by immersion (being placed completely under the water) is the first act of obedience to the Lord Jesus. Baptism is a public symbol of your commitment to Christ.
Letter – If you are transferring your membership from another Baptist church.
Statement – Attesting to your faith in Christ and your baptism by immersion after salvation into a church of like faith.
What are the membership commitments?
Members agree to adhere to our Church Covenant:
Having, as we trust, been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to give up ourselves to him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
We will walk together in brotherly love as becomes the members of a Christian church, exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others.
We will endeavor to bring up such as may at any time be under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends.
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness and endeavor with tenderness and sympathy to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.
We will seek, by divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, remembering that we have been buried with Christ in baptism and raised to walk in the newness of life.
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church, as we sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
We will be bound by this church’s covenant, constitution, and statement of faith in all matters pertaining to membership and discipline.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.
Who can become a member of LVBC?
There are three requirements for membership:
- A clear personal testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ alone as the payment for sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 5:8
- Baptism by immersion and a public statement that identifies that person as a follower of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:3-6
- An interview with one of our pastors to help you understand the commitments of church membership.
If you would like to schedule an interview with one of our pastors please call us at 423-825-5335.