Why Church Membership?
The universal church is the Body of Christ. It comprises all believers in Christ throughout all time and in every place (Romans 12:5). A local church is the universal church made visible in a particular place at a particular time. Our local church, just like the universal church, comprises people, not buildings.
The pattern of the early church recorded in Acts 2:41 was believe, be baptised, be added. Membership at Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni is the way we describe the adding. Local churches in the Bible knew who was in and who was out (1 Corinthians 5:1-13). Membership is defining who’s in our local church.
You want to Join?
You want to join Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni? That’s great! This course helps us learn about you and helps you learn about us.
There are 5 sessions you must to go through. You may do the sessions with a group of member candidates in membership classes after a morning service. Or you may do the sessions one on one with a member of the church the elders have nominated.
Each session takes 1 hour to complete. At the end of each session there is some homework you will need to fill in and return to us.
There are resources listed as For Further Study. While you’re encouraged to listen or watch them it’s not required.
Dates and Session Descriptions
Session 1 – The Gospel
We will answer the question What is the Gospel? and then we look at Paul’s Testimony and you will write out Your Testimony. Download Session 1
Session 2 – What we Believe
We will answer the question What is Baptism? We will ask you to accept our Statement of Faith. Download Session 2
Session 3 – Our Core Values
Our core values are Biblical Teaching, Fervent Worship, Loving Fellowship and Passionate Evangelism. We will ask you to consider how you might Get Involved. Download Session 3
Session 4 – What Members Do
We will look at what we Require, Expect and Encourage our members to do.
Session 5 – Membership Interviews and Frequently Asked Questions
We will go through some Frequently Asked Questions. The elders will conduct Membership Interviews.
We will conduct Baptisms during the Sunday morning service.
Quarterly General Meeting
We will put forward names of new members to a General Meeting. The church will accept them into membership.
Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18). The church belongs to Him, is built by Him and is protected by Him. I trust that you’re greatly encouraged by being added to our church and that together we serve our Lord and Saviour to His praise and glory.