After accepting Christ as your savior the Bible tells us to associate ourselves with a church.
Ephesians 4:16 (NIV) From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
First Baptist Church Oakwood is a local assembly of baptized believers who have joined together to carry out Christ’s work on earth. When one becomes a church member he is making a covenant with the other members of the church to do his best with God’s help to live a Christian life and to cooperate with them to do the church’s work.
At the end of a congregational worship service, our pastor typically gives the invitation for people who want to make decisions of any type. One of these ways to respond is to join the church. Our Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor usually stand at the front of the church to receive those who make decisions. If you choose to join the church during a Sunday morning service, you will be announced by name and way in which you are joining (explained below).
You also may attend a Next Step Membership Class where you will also have the opportunity to join our church by the following methods.
Three Ways First Baptist Church Oakwood Accepts Members:
There are three ways we accept persons for membership.
1) A person may unite by “profession of faith” and become a candidate for baptism. This means that he has trusted Jesus as Savior, is now declaring himself openly as a believer and is asking for membership in the church. Baptism is immersion of a person by putting him under water. Baptism does not help a person be saved. However, Jesus told his followers to be baptized. It symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It is also a pictorial testimony of what has already taken place in the Christian life—death to his old life, its burial, and his resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Church members vote to receive the candidate for membership as a candidate for baptism. After baptism, a person becomes a member of the church.
2) A person may unite by “letter.” This means that he/she is already a member of another Baptist church of like faith and practice. When one requests membership this way, the church clerk writes the church where he is a member and requests a letter of transfer.
3) A person may unite by “statement”. This means that for whatever reason the persons previous church(es) do not have proper membership records to allow transfer. The member candidate by statement professes Jesus as his savior and state he has been baptized by immersion in a previous church.
If none of these ways describes your particular situation, and you wish to discuss your own needs, ask our pastor to counsel with you privately. He is ready to talk with you and to help you understand how you may unite with the church.