Joining Cornerstone really comes down to answering the following five questions in the affirmative, in word and deed.
- Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving His wrath and displeasure, and that you are without hope apart from His sovereign mercy?
- Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the only Savior of sinners; and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the gospel?
- Do you resolve and promise in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live a life worthy of a follower of Christ?
- Do you promise to faithfully support this church in its worship and work?
- Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of this church and do you promise to seek its purity and peace?
If you answered yes, or as willing to answer yes to these five questions and feel ready to pursue membership at Cornerstone, here’s what you need to do:
- Attend our Membership Matters class. This class goes over our Church Covenant and Confession, and the basics of church membership. It’s offered at different times throughout the year, either on a weekend, or during our Sunday school hour. To find out more about the next available class contact us via phone or email, or ask one of our elders.
- Meet with an elder for a membership interview. This interview is to go over your answers to the five questions above, and to get to know you and how you became a Christian.
- Get baptized (if you haven’t been baptized as a believer already). Baptism is a public statement of faith in Christ, and unity with Him in his death, burial, and resurrection; it identifies you with Christ and His people. While baptism does not save, it is a necessary step of obedience in a believers’ life.
- Congregational vote. If the elders recommend you to become a member of Cornerstone, there is still one more step. Jesus left the final authority over matters in the church to the whole church, not just pastors or leaders. So the decision of who comes into the church is a church decision. At our members’ meetings, we discuss and vote on all new member applicants. We also vote on who is to be baptized. So this step goes hand in hand with step three. But if you truly are a Christian who is seeking to fight sin and pursue holiness, and you are willing to submit to our Covenant and Confession, there is likely no reason you will not be voted into our membership. If you are not a Christian, we want to help you become one and then join our membership. If there is any other reason you might not be able to join Cornerstone, we want to help you with that as well. So reach out, and let’s get things going…