HOW TO JOIN AUTUMN RIDGE CHURCH

First, be certain you have fulfilled the two basic Biblical requirements for church membership:

  1. Personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  2. Believer’s baptism

Then, let us know of your desire to make this church your place of fellowship and service by communicating your interest on one of the message-to-staff cards found in the  sanctuary or by talking with a member of our church staff.

Next, attend the ArchWays class, held twice a year, so you know more about our church.  Following this, we ask that you meet with a pastor to discuss your desire to join Autumn Ridge Church.  Finally, be officially and warmly welcomed into the membership of our church family at one of our services.

The need for spiritual birth.

Realizing my guilt before God, I have confessed my sins to him and received the Lord Jesus Christ who bore my sins on the cross, as my Savior.

Why can’t I just attend, receive the good that God has for me, and not become formally involved as a member? What value is there in church membership?

These are honest questions, which need to be answered.  In fact, you may be considering these questions right now.  If you would like to know more about active participation in Autumn Ridge Church, please call the church office at 288-8880 or contact Michelle Den Hartog at Membership@AutumnRidgeChurch.org for further information.

ArchWays Membership Classes (fall and spring)

Do you want to learn more about Autumn Ridge?  Are you considering church membership?  The Archways membership class series is a great opportunity to learn about the vision of Autumn Ridge and discover ways that you can connect in community and service.

ArchWays class series is three weeks long:

  • April 29/30

  • May 6/7

  • concluding on May 13/14

If you would like more information about the membership classes, e-mail Membership@AutumnRidgeChurch.org.

The classes are offered at three different times each weekend:

  • Saturdays at 7:00 PM
  • Sundays at 9:00 AM and
  • Sundays at 10:30 AM

Topics will include the following:

  • Our history, God’s gift of salvation
  • Our purpose, personality and beliefs
  • Our organization and where we’re going
  • How God made you for His purpose

Baptism

If you have questions about baptism or would like to take the step of believer’s baptism, please e-mail Baptisms@AutumnRidgeChurch.org or call 288-8880.

WHY BE BAPTIZED?

  1. Jesus demonstrated it

    Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17

  2.  Jesus commanded it

    Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

  3. Paul taught it

    We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. Romans 6:4-5
    Baptism is a picture of faith. We put our life in the hands of another.
    Baptism is a picture of death.
    Baptism is a picture of new life.
    Baptism is a picture of cleansing.
    Baptism is a picture of identification with the church of Jesus Christ.
    The next step after baptism is church membership.

  4. The early church practiced it

    In Acts 2 the people asked Peter, “What shall we do?” He replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.” Acts 2:38. Perhaps a better question is the one asked by the Ethiopian eunuch who inquired, “Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” Acts 8:36

WHAT BAPTISM DOES NOT MEAN

Baptism doesn’t mean that you are perfect.
Baptism doesn’t mean that you are fully spiritually matured.

SOME COMMON QUESTIONS

  • What is the appropriate age for a child to be baptized?
  • The keywords are “understanding” and “remembrance.”
  • Does baptism save me?

Baptism is an external evidence of the internal change called salvation. Baptism does not bring salvation. Salvation comes by believing the gospel message, embracing Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as God’s way of salvation for you and repenting of your sin.

Why do I have to give my faith story?

Romans 10:9-10 says, “… if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.“ “Believing” and “confessing” are the elements of faith that lead to salvation.

What should I say?

The important thing to remember is that it’s not about you; it’s about Christ. Your testimony is your opportunity to give praise to God for the salvation he has given you. Therefore, the focus of your words does not have to be on you, but rather on the work of Christ on your behalf.  The pastor will ask you why you want to be baptized.

As you think about what you want to share at your baptism, remember these points:

Baptism is an act of obedience to Christ and an expression of gratitude for the gift of salvation.

Reading a favorite scripture will reinforce your faith story.
Do not mention the names of other churches or denominations negatively during your comments.

Baptism is great drama, and no actor takes the stage unprepared. Do not attempt to speak “off the top of your head” or assume the words will come to you. When you stumble or appear unprepared, the focus shifts from Christ to you. Write out your testimony and practice reading it aloud.

Here’s an example of a well-written baptismal story:

I am coming to be baptized today because I am grateful for all the Lord has done in my life. I know that I am a sinner, but I believe the Bible’s promise in 1 John that “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.” I understand that Jesus died to wash away my sin and I want to live in obedience and fellowship with Christ.

The pastor will ask you the following three questions;

  • Do you know the Lord Jesus as your personal savior?
  • Do you renounce the devil and all his works?
  • Do you promise, with God’s help, to serve the Lord in the fellowship of his church?
  • You may respond by simply saying, “Yes” or “I do.”