To become a member of CFBC, we require a short meeting with one of our elders or lay encouragers. The Membership process can be initiated by coming forward during the commitment time at the end of a worship service, or by calling the Church Office to set up an appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP DEFINED
Church Membership is a commitment to actively function as a member of this local body of Christ, rather than merely affiliating with an organization. (Rom. 12:3-21; 1 Cor. 12)
REQUESTING CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Membership of CFBC is open to any person who professes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and is living in harmony with our doctrines and practices. Membership may be requested by an individual in public at a CFBC meeting or in consultation with an Elder or those whom the Elders designate.
Each person requesting Membership will be asked to give testimony of their personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Each person who is a current Member of another church associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, or a like-minded church, may request that their Membership be transferred.
Membership will be granted to anyone who offers a biblical testimony of salvation, has been scripturally baptized, agrees to accept the responsibilities of Membership, and assents to the Articles of Faith and the Church Covenant. Once approved by the Elder Council, the name of the new Member shall be added to the CFBC roll and publicized to the Membership of CFBC. If no clear evidence of salvation is found, the applicant cannot be accepted into the Membership. However, CFBC will diligently offer Christian love, prayer, and Scripture, making every attempt to lead the individual to Christ and then church Membership. (John 3:16; Rom. 1:16-17; 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; James 2:14-26)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS
Personal Holiness. To bring to CFBC a submitted and Spirit-filled life. Our relationship with the Lord is the source of everything we have to offer one another. It is impossible to help others improve their relationship with God, or others, apart from God working in us. (John 15:5)
Uphold Sound Doctrine. Not only are the Elders to teach sound doctrine, but the Membership is to uphold, submit to, and if need be, defend sound doctrine. (2 Tim. 3-4:8; Titus 2:1-15; Hebrews 1:1-13:25; 3 John 1; Jude 1; Rev. 2-3)
Regularly Worship with the Assembled Church. To be diligent in offering their personal and corporate praises, worship, adoration, confessions, prayers and observance of the Word and the Ordinances each Lord’s Day, excepting, of course, to providential and proper hindrances. God desires our free worship but by free we do not mean free not to worship. The true believer delights himself in the Lord and the Lord is his heart's desire. (John 4:24; Heb. 10:25)
Christian Relationships. To pursue godly relationships within CFBC. The Bible teaches that the Church is the Body of Christ, in the world. We are members of that Body. It is imperative that each part of the Body pursue healthy relationships, respecting and caring for the other parts of the Body. (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; 2 Cor. 1:12)
The Investment of Life. To seek to serve more than be served. As the people of God, we are called to give our time, talents, spiritual gifts, and financial resources in service to others. (Mark 10:35-45; John 13:12-15: 1 Cor. 12; Rom 12:3-21; 2 Cor. 4:5)
We believe in covenant membership at Crabapple. To read our Church Covenant, please click here.