When God saves a sinner through faith in the blood of his cross (Eph 2:1-10), that person is adopted into God’s family (Rom 8:15) and becomes a member of the body of Christ (Eph 2:11-22). This worldwide church is made manifest in many local churches, including Gulf Coast Community Church of Brandon. In the New Testament God has laid out many instructions regarding the leadership (I Tim 3:1-13) and life of the local church. Pursuing membership at this local church is a recognition of God’s sovereign placement of each Christian in a local church, that we may use our God-given gifts in that context to build up the church, and to be built up by others in the church (I Cor 12:1-26).
We believe that scripture teaches several basic qualifications for a person to be a member in a local church:
In order to discern whether these qualifications are met, the elders have laid out the following steps for prospective members:
We, the members of Gulf Coast Community Church of Brandon, having repented of our sins, having believed in Jesus Christ for the salvation of our souls, and having been baptized into his body, do hereby acknowledge together, as God’s holy people in this local church, that our lives are to be governed by the Word of God, empowered by the Spirit of God, in order to magnify the Son of God, Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior. With the help of the Holy Spirit who is at work in us, we are committed to pursuing obedience to Scripture . The following are examples of scriptural teachings and are not exhaustive:
We agree in good conscience with the church’s statement of faith and understand that God has ordained Gulf Coast Community Church of Brandon to be governed by elders who are responsible for the welfare of its members, who will one day stand before Jesus to give an account for their service. Therefore, we willingly and gladly submit to their leadership, teaching and care, to the praise and glory of God’s holy name.