Why is church membership so important?

  • Believers are expected to “join” their lives to a local body of believers.

“But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.” Acts 5:13
 
  • The church is pictured in the Bible as a body, kingdom, family, building, and flock. This only happens in the context of a common commitment to a local assembly of believers. Membership is not about me, it is about us.

                                         Ephesians 2:11-22
                                      1 Corinthians 12:12-27
 
  • Research indicates that church membership increases a person’s commitment to Christ three and a half times!

How do I join East Side Baptist Church as a member?

At the close of each worship service, we extend an invitation for people to come forward to pray, receive Christ and join our church.

During this time, worship participants who desire to join East Side may come to the front of the church where the Pastor is standing and connect with a minister or deacon of the church.

As a general rule, you can unite with East Side in one of the following ways:
 
  • By PROFESSION OF FAITH
    If you are not yet a Christian but would like to be, or if you are a Christian but have never been baptized by immersion as a believer, which the Word of God commands. Having accepted Christ as Personal Savior, it is natural to follow Him in Believer’s Baptism by full water immersion. We will be happy to schedule this at your earliest convenience.
     
  • By Letter
    Having already accepted Christ as your personal Savior, having been previously baptized by full water immersion, currently a member of a Southern Baptist Church, and desiring to unite in membership with East Side, we will take care of requesting the transfer of your membership.
     
  • By Statement
    Having already accepted Christ as your personal Savior, having been previously baptized by full water immersion, but not currently a member of a Southern Baptist Church and desiring to unite in membership with East Side, you are welcome to join by statement of your faith.
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