WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BAPTISM?
According to the New Testament baptism is the symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection.
Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he was raised on the third day. (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4)
Baptism is also a symbol of your new life as a Christian.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Baptism does not make you a believer; it is an act of obedience after you already are one! Baptism does not “save” you; only Christ does that. Baptism is like a wedding ring—it’s the outward symbol of an inward reality of faith in Jesus.
EFCA Statement of Faith, Article 7
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
Who should be baptized? Every person who has received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (So those who received his word were baptized. Acts 2:41)
If you have questions or are considering taking this next important step in your faith, please call the church office or indicate your interest to be baptized on a Welcome Card (located in the back of the sanctuary chairs or at the Welcome Center) and place in the offering box.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
- Membership is evidence of Assurance: Membership in the local church is testimony of your membership in the universal church—those who are truly saved.
- Membership says officially, “I follow Jesus.”
- Membership provides accountability. We need others to watch and care over our souls. We tend to wander and go on different paths. We need a shepherd to lovingly call us over to the straight path.
- Membership is about the glory of God. (Matthew 16) Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Jesus was committed to the church until the end of time.
If you consider CrossView Church your “church home”, we urge you to prayerfully consider taking a deeper step of commitment. For all those who are interested in exploring membership at CVC and learn more about the values, privileges, and the responsibilities of formal membership and what CrossView Church is all about, please contact the church office for an application which explains the process for becoming a member or you may contact a pastor or an elder with any questions.