God calls us not only to BELIEVE, but also to BELONG - belong to a local church, with a God-ordained pastor in place, to provide spiritual direction, a covering as well as nourishment to us.(Hebrews 10:23-25, Jeremiah 3:15). The biblical demand upon the Christian to ‘belong’ and be planted in a local church, brings into focus the issue of Church Membership.
The call to belong, it must be understood, is not meant to deprive a Christian of his or her freedom and personal rights; it is not an invasion of privacy, but rather God’s divine way of transforming and reshaping you, the believer, into the vessel you were born to be: Your spiritual maturity or growth, and the transformation of your character, will not occur in isolation, but in consistent fellowship with other believers, and in an atmosphere of Accountability.
Accountability is impossible without Commitment. Your commitment to membership in a local church, is absolutely necessary, therefore, if you are to fulfill your God-given destiny in Christ Jesus.
ICGC’s Membership Course/Class sets the tone and expectation level for everything in the church. Benefits of Membership, as well as Expectations on Members, are very clearly outlined and explained during the course.
WHAT DOES ICGC MEMBERSHIP ENTAIL:
- True Godly Repentance and a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Four (4) hours of Membership/Orientation Classes - This may be spread over Four Sundays (9:15am - 10:15am)
- A signed commitment to a Word-based Membership Covenant.
- A commitment to baptism by immersion as a public expression of one’s faith.
Awarding of official membership certificates to participants who successfully complete the membership classes and meet all other requirements for membership.