Why Church Membership?

The Christian life is not meant to be an isolated experience for individual Christians. Rather, the Bible teaches that the Christian life is to be lived together as the church—a local body of believers in covenant community. That’s why believers are instructed to gather together regularly in local congregations. (Acts 14:23, 27, 20:17, 28; 1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Galatians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; Hebrews 10:24-25).


Next Steps In Membership

To join Oak Grove, you must have a relationship with Jesus (John 1:12) and you must be biblically baptized (Acts 2:41). What is biblical baptism? First, it means that you were baptized after you became a believer. Second, a person must be baptized in obedience to Christ's command, not as a way to be saved. And third, biblical baptism is by immersion.


If you have put your faith in Christ and have been baptized, you will need to attend a Starting Point class. Starting Point is simply an opportunity to meet with our pastor, discuss the vision and values of Oak Grove, ask any questions you may have, and help us know you more. Once you have attended a Starting Point class, there are three ways that you can go about becoming a member of Oak Grove.


  1. If you've put your faith in Jesus but haven't been baptized, talk to Pastor Rocky and we will set up a time for your baptism. Upon baptism, you will become a member.

  2. If you were already a member of a church, have been saved and baptized, then you can come forward at the end of the service and join by transfer of letter. All that means is that we will send a letter to your previous church letting them know that you are joining our church.

  3. If you’ve put your faith in Jesus and have been biblically baptized, but you aren’t a member of a church, then you can come forward at the end of the service and join by "statement of faith.” A “statement of faith” is simply a public profession that you have given your life to Christ and have been baptized.

membership covenant

Having committed to Christ by receiving Him as Lord and Savior by faith, and having been scripturally baptized, members of Oak Grove Baptist Church commit to God and to the fellow members of Oak Grove to do the following:


PROTECT THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH

By acting in love toward all members (Matt. 22:37-39;  1 Pet. 1:22); by resolving conflict (Eph. 4:31-32); by refusing to gossip (Eph. 4:29); by following the leaders God has put in place (Heb. 13:17).


SHARE IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHURCH

By praying for the church’s growth (1 Thess. 1:2); by sharing my faith and inviting the unchurched to attend (Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 14:23); by warmly welcoming all who visit (Rom. 15:7).


SERVE IN THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH

By discovering my gifts and talents (1 Pet. 4:10); by being equipped to serve (Eph. 4:11-12); by developing a servant's heart (Phil. 2:3-8). 


SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCH

By attending faithfully (Heb. 10:25); by living a godly life (Phil. 1:27); by giving regularly (Malachi 3:8-11; 1 Cor. 16:2).