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SP 101: New Membership Orientation Class
Learn about Our Church History, Our Core Values, what the Bible says about church membership, what it means to be a member at SPMBC and why being a member of a local church is so important to your spiritual growth.
If you have been attending St. Paul and are considering making SPMBC your church home - we'd like to invite you to sign up for our upcoming New Membership Orientation Class.
Yes, we want you to decide to make SPMBC your spiritual family, and by attending our upcoming New Members Orientation Class, you will receive all of the information you need to decide if that's the right step for you to take!
Connect Go from Membership to Ministry
1. Get Connected, join SPMB Church and a Ministry
2. Baptism required for New Believer
3. Attend New Membership Classes below
NEW MEMBERSHIP CLASS > check calendar
SP 101 > check calendar
Class 1: Discovering Church Membership
SP 102 > check calendar
Why do you need a spiritual family?
YOU NEED HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the one who falls and has no one to help him up!" - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
YOU NEED A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN USE YOUR GIFTS.
"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you..." - 1 Timothy 4:14
YOU NEED A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GROW.
"They joined with the other believers and devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, sharing in the breaking of bread and prayer." - Acts 2:42
YOU NEED TO BELONG TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF.
"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." - Romans 12:4-5
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another..." - Hebrews 10:25
What are the personal requirements for membership @ St. Paul MB Church?
- SALVATION - a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- BAPTISM - for believers; baptism by immersion
- One month of faithful attendance @ SPMBC
What are the steps in SPMBC'S membership process?
- Fill out the New Membership Orientation card given to you by a usher.
- Attend Step 101 New Membership Orientation Class, which meets every Quarterly, on the 1st Sunday morning (unless otherwise announced) at 9:00 a.m. sharp. (We ask that you are on time so that you can go over all of the orientation material.)
- Be Baptized in Water. If you have already been baptized, please inform us. Otherwise join us in our next awesome baptism celebration. Dates and times are announce at church.
- Sign the Membership Covenant. Membership is a covenant commitment between you, God and your church.
Thank you for your interest in the Baptism Ministry here at SPMB Church. If you would like to be baptized , please check the calendar page for baptism dates and times
What is the meaning of Baptism? It illustrates Christ´s burial and resurrection.
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... and He rose again." I Cor. 15:3-4
"For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ." --Col. 2:12
It illustrates my new life as a Christian.
"When someone becomes a Christian he becomes a brand new person inside. The old life has passed away and a new life has begun!" 2 Cor. 5:17
"By our baptism then, we were buried with Him and shared His death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead... so also we may live a new life!" Rom. 6:4
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith... it is the gift of God - not by works,so that no one can boast." Eph.2:8-9
How to Know God?
Admit Your Spiritual Need
We are all sinners; we have missed the mark of spiritual perfection God desires for us. God’s Word says, "Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory." (Romans 3:23). What is the result of sin? According to the Bible, "When you sin, the pay you get is death…" (Romans 6:23). When we reject God’s truth we bring His judgment of death upon ourselves. So we have to look at ourselves on the inside and be truthful that we are not perfect and are in need of redemption.
Believe that Jesus is God’s Solution
Since we can never measure up to God’s standards on our own, God has reached out to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16-17 states, "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world. He sent his Son to save the world through him." In Romans 5:8 we read, "Here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Respond to God’s Invitation
Once you have acknowledged your sin and believed that Christ is the solution, you are at a crossroads. You can either reject God’s solution and accept the consequences or respond to God’s invitation to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. In Romans 6:23 we read, "…God gives you the gift of eternal life because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done." Matthew 11:28-30 says, "Come to me all of you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest. Become my servants and learn from me…serving me is easy, and my load is light." His invitation is clear. All that remains is a response. What do you need to do to receive God’s gift of rest and eternal life? Just take it! In Revelation 3:20 God says to us, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If any of you hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me." Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart at this very moment, seeking entrance into your life. And God's Word tells us that when we believe in His name and accept him, He gives us the right to become children of God.
bullet If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray the following prayer with a sincere heart:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen."
Rejoice! You are now a child of God!
If you prayed that prayer and meant it with your heart, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but He has forgiven you all of your sins, not one remains, not one! God's Word says, "If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure." (1 John 1:9). God also promises, "Anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. The old is gone! The new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That’s a lot to be thankful for!
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