First Presbyterian Allen

Joining our Family of Faith

 

In Jesus Christ, God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church, the body of Christ. Baptism is the visible sign of that call and claim on a human life and of entrance into the membership of the church. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. The baptism of those who enter the covenant of membership upon their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls forth a response of faithfulness. Thus, the triune God, incarnate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, gives to the Church not only its mission but also its understanding of membership.

Our congregation welcomes all persons who trust in God’s grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become part of the fellowship and ministry of his Church. No one is denied membership for any reason not related to profession of faith. The Gospel leads members to extend the fellowship of Christ to all persons.  

 
 



 Persons may enter into active church membership in the following ways:
  • Public profession of faith, and if not already baptized, the person making profession of faith shall be baptized;
  • Certificate of transfer, when a person is a member of another Christian church at the time of transfer;
  • Reaffirmation of faith, for persons previously baptized in the name of the triune God and having publicly professed their faith.





 

The following questions are asked of each candidate, whether they are making their own profession of faith, professing on behalf of their child, or making a reaffirmation of faith in order to transfer their membership.

1. Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
2. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in His grace and love?
3. Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying His Word and showing His love?
4. Will you be a faithful member of this Congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
5. Will you devote yourself to the Church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and prayers?

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.  Such involvement includes:

  • proclaiming the good news in word and deed,
  • taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation,
  • lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support,
  • studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life,
  • supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents,
  • demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,
  • responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others,
  • living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life,
  • working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment,
  • participating in the governing responsibilities of the church, and
  • reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.