The New Testament instructs us to live in such a way that seems to require our lives to be interconnected with other Christians. Certainly many of the New Testament’s commands can be broadly applied to a wider group of Christians, but some point to a unique fellowship within smaller groups of Christians.
- “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love” (Romans 12:10)
- “Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16; 1 Peter 3:8)
- “Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 4:10)
- “Carry each others burdens” (Galatians 6:2)
- “Encourage one another daily” (Hebrews 3:13)
Membership provides the structure for us to live together the way the New Testament teaches. Membership is a declaration that you belong to this body and that we belong to you. When we live our lives in such an interconnected way, loving and forgiving and protecting one another, growing and learning and worshiping together, it is a display to the watching world about what God is like.
We also believe that the New Testament teaches a congregational church government. A congregational polity means that the congregation has final authority in a local church. This includes appointing church leadership and the taking in and putting out of members. This authority that the congregation has is a weighty responsibility and works in unison with the leadership of the elders.