If you are new to Citadel Square, you may be wondering how you can get connected further into the life of our church. Even if you have been with us for a while and would call Citadel Square home, you may still have a lot of questions about who we are and what we believe God's vision for this church is. This Sunday, after our worship gathering, we will have a meeting to talk about how you can partner with us through membership. We will talk about why we believe commiting to a local church is crucial for your growth as a disciple and the work God is doing in our city through His body. Below we list a few of the reasons we believe church membership is so important.
Church membership represents our commitment to collectively live out the mission of Jesus to make disciples.
“For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” - Ephesians 2:18-19
Citadel Square exists to make disciples who make disciples of Jesus. We believe the church is God’s household. We are God’s family called to devote ourselves to one another in loving relationship (Acts 2:42), both showing what God is like and calling others to join his family through faith in Jesus Christ. Though the Church is one household with one God and Father over us all (Eph. 4:4-6), we believe it is important to devote ourselves to a local expression of the family of God. We believe it is essential to submit ourselves to one another under biblically qualified elders for the purpose of ongoing care, equipping, and development for ministry, and faithfulness to our doctrine and mission. Church membership represents our commitment to collectively live out the mission of Jesus to make disciples.
Church membership provides leadership and guidance from leaders who uphold Scripture and will care for your soul.
- Leaders have the responsibility to meet the criteria assigned to them in the Scriptures. (1 Tim 3:1-13; 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4).
- Leaders have the responsibility to seek God’s will for our church community to the best of our ability as we study the Scriptures, pray and follow the Spirit. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5).
- Leaders have the responsibility to care for you and seek your growth as a disciple of Christ, in part by equipping you for service (Eph 4:11-13) and praying for you regularly, particularly when you are sick. (James 5:14).
- Leaders have the responsibility to provide teaching and counsel from the whole of Scripture. (Acts 20:27-28; Gal 6:6; 1 Tim 5:17-18).
- Leaders have the responsibility to be on guard against false teachers. (Acts 20:28-31, Titus 1:10-11).
- Leaders have the responsibility to exercise church discipline when necessary. (Matt 18:15-20; 1 Cor 5; Gal 6:1).
- Leaders have the responsibility to set an example and join you in fulfilling the duties of church members. (1 Cor 11:1; Phil 3:17; 1 Tim 4:12).
- Leaders have the responsibility to submit to the authority of Scripture as the final arbiter on all issues. (Ps 119; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
Church membership allows you to live out the gospel by being part of the family of God and actively participating in the mission of the church.
- Members have the responsibility to preserve and protect the purity of the gospel preaching. (Gal 1:7-9, 1 Cor 15:1-5)
- Members have the responsibility to exercise their spiritual gifts in the context of a local body. (1 Cor 12:12-27, Eph 4:7-16)
- Members have the responsibility to participate in the mission of the church. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Members have a responsibility for the struggles of other members. (Gal 6:1-5, 1 Tim 5:3-15, Rom 12:13)
- Members have a responsibility to give and support their local church. (1 Cor 9:11-14, 1 Tim 5:17-18, Gal 6:6, Luke 10:7)
- Members have a particular responsibility to show forth their submission to Jesus in the context of local loving relationships. (John 13:35, 1 Pet 2:17, Gal 6:10, Rom 15:1)
- Members have the responsibility to affirm, submit, pray for, and honor their leaders. (1 Cor 16:15-16; Heb 13:7,17; Col 4:2-4)
- Members have a responsibility for one another’s spiritual lives and to participate in church discipline when necessary. (Heb 3:13, Heb 12:15-16, 2 Cor 2, 1 Cor 5)
- Members have the responsibility to gather together consistently. (Heb 10:23-25)