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Membership

We believe in church membership because we believe it is taught in the Bible.

The biblical criteria for Faith membership is a profession of faith in Jesus Christ according to Romans 10.9-11. You do not have to be a Presbyterian. You do not have to be a Reformed Calvinist. You do not have to agree with everything in the Westminster Confession of Faith. You do not have to love our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame (Romans 10.9-11).’”

You will never be hounded to become a member. It’s important to us that Faith is a safe and happy place for you to adopt church membership for yourself. One of the reasons we offer Faith Presbyterian 101 is for you to learn about Faith while also examining our teaching on church membership. In addition, our elders are very happy to share a cup of coffee and discuss membership with you.

 

How do I become a member?

  1. Make an official Membership Request. You may also email clerk@faithanchorage.org. You may also use the form on the back of the Sunday morning Worship Bulletin.
  2. We will schedule a time for two elders to interview you either at your home, at church, or in a private corner at a cafe. Children age 10 and over are interviewed only when initiated by the parents, and always in the company of a mom or dad.
  3. The membership interview is brief and deliberate. The elders ask you to describe the Good News of the gospel, and to briefly describe how this Good News makes your life what it is. They are listening for Faith, Fruit, and the Fight against sin in your Christian walk.
  4. If you are a member of another church, the elders will seek to alert them of our desire to receive you.
  5. Unless you are transferring from a PCA church, we ask you to publicly assent to the membership vows below, during a Sunday morning worship service. If you are not already baptized, our pastor will baptize you during that the same Sunday service.

 

The membership vows

  • Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and utterly without hope were it not for His sovereign mercy?
  • Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and only Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest on Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?
  • Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
  • Do you promise to support the Church in her worship and work to the best of your ability?
  • Do you submit yourselves to her government and discipline, and promise to study her purity and peace?


To learn more, email clerk@faithanchorage.org or consider attending the next Faith Presbyterian 101 class.