Only Jesus Christ can make one a member of His body the invisible church. Without this, one’s earthly church membership is useless and vain. Abiding Faith provides born-again believers in Jesus Christ the opportunity and responsibility to attend worship and study classes, financial support the church and its minister, ministries and expenses through tithes and offerings, and participate in evangelistic and training opportunities.
Membership at Abiding Faith is attained in one of the following ways:
New Convert/Candidate for Baptism – A new convert is someone who has acknowledged that they are a sinner and that God sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of sin through his shedding of sinless blood and death on the cross. Furthermore, the new convert is motivated by God’s mercy toward them and asks Him for forgiveness of their sins and to yields to Christ as their savior and receiving the gift of Salvation. The convert then acknowledges this salvation, (regeneration, born-again), by publicly presenting herself/himself during the time of invitation at any Bible study, prayer service, or worship service. The demonstration of a regenerated life by believing in Christ is the requirement for baptism by immersion in obedience to the Command of Christ Jesus. Continued discipleship, fellowship and stewardship occur through interaction with the members, participation in the outreach, prayer, teaching, and worship activities of this church.
Christian Experience – A person wishing to join by Christian experience is someone who has been born again by receiving salvation through Jesus Christ, and has previous been baptized via immersion and demonstrates a regenerated life in Christ. Generally this person has had a church membership elsewhere. Continued discipleship, fellowship and stewardship occur through interaction with the members, participation in the outreach, prayer, teaching, and worship activities of this church.
Watch Care – A person temporarily relocating to the Kansas City metropolitan area, but planning to return home after several months, (i.e., college students, contract consultants, military personnel, etc) is eligible to join as a Watch Care member. The requirements are the same as for those joining by Christian Experience. Verification of the Watch Care member will be required by letter from the individual’s current home church or by verbal reference from the pastor of the individual’s home church. The church extends the privilege to attend studies, worship, and other fellowship opportunities, but not the opportunity lead auxiliaries and committees, or to vote in church business meetings. Once a Watch Care member becomes a full member of the congregation, then those opportunities will be conferred at that time.
Remote Member – A person residing outside of the geographical metropolitan area who wishes to worship and study with us, as well as support us is eligible to join as a Remote Member. The requirements are the same as for those joining by Christian Experience. Verification of the Remote Member will be required to submit a letter requesting Remote Membership providing information of personal testimony of salvation. The Remote Member must attend remote worship and study opportunities conducted by Abiding Faith, and they must be involved with a group of at least three other believers in their local area. The Remote Member is asked to financially support all remote activities as a means of helping us make remote resources available to them. If a Remote Member relocates to the area they may become a regular member.
Those seeking membership with our congregation should contact the pastor or deacons with questions not answered in this manual. Those seeking entry into the Church of Jesus Christ may inquire of any Christian or God’s word, but ultimately they must answer the call made by The Lord Jesus Christ in order to be accepted into His Church.
Attending our services or studies does not require membership, however, non-members who provoke disharmony or disruption will be asked to leave. Members who violate Member’s Covenant, Articles of Faith, Message or Leadership Practices will be subject to Church discipline as outlined in New Testament Scripture.