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Membership and Baptism Classes
January 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Why Church Membership?
The Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all true believers in Christ throughout all time and in every place (Romans 12:5). A local church, like Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni, is a visible manifestation of the Church in a particular place at a particular time. Our local church, just like the Church, is made up of people not buildings.
The pattern of the early church recorded in Acts 2:41 was believe, be baptised, be added. Our church is a visible, identifiable entity that believers are added to. Local churches in the Bible knew who was in and who was out (1 Corinthians 5:1–13). At Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni church membership is defining who’s in our local church. It’s about believers being added to our number.
What is Baptism?
The Greek word baptizo means ‘submerge’ or ‘immerse’. Baptism, by definition, and demonstration in God’s Word, is an act of immersion in water (Mark 1:10; Acts 8:36, 38). Those who have believed that Jesus died for their sins, rose from the grave and have repented are to be baptised, as a precursor to local church membership (Acts 2:36-41; Acts 16:29-34).
Believer baptism symbolizes identification with Jesus Christ and His Church and is an expression of our obedience to Him as Lord. Believer baptism pictures a believer’s death to sin, burial and subsequent resurrection to new life in Christ (Romans 6:3-4). Believer baptism is not a step of salvation but is an outward symbol of an inward reality. All who believe are commanded to go through the waters of baptism in obedience (Matthew 28:18-20).
How can you Join?
Believe, be baptised, be added. The adding happens at a General Meeting of the members of the church after a church service in February, May, August and November. The baptising happens during a church service preceding the General Meeting. To help you through the process we run mandatory membership classes over 5 weeks.
Interested in joining Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni as a member? Express you desire to any one of the elders in person or by writing to us and then make yourself available for membership classes.