We believe that church membership is very meaningful and important. Since membership in the church gives the individual the high privilege of electing its pastor and officials and setting major church policies, it is imperative that members be in agreement with, believe, and adhere to the church doctrines and practices set forth as follows:
Each candidate for membership shall be expected to give evidence of having been “born again” of the Spirit of God. The inward evidence is the witness of the Holy Spirit. The outward evidence is living in humble obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
In the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and His virgin birth
In the forgiveness of sin through the cross of Christ
In the healing for body, mind and soul
In salvation by grace through faith
In the indwelling guidance of the Holy Spirit
In the return of Jesus Christ
Since the strength of the church is dependent upon the loyalty of each member, sense of responsibility to the gatherings of the church is important. Each candidate for membership shall be expected to have attended Riverside Community Church for at least six months.
The operation of the church requires the faithful financial support of its members and attendants. We believe the biblical method for support is the tithe (the giving of one-tenth of one’s income). Offerings are given in addition to the tithe. Faithfulness in this respect is a personal matter between the member and God.
One of the requirements of church membership is stated in our church constitution as “evidence of
a consistent Christian life.”
Romans 6:4-8; Romans 8:1-14; Ephesians 4:17-32; and 1 John 1:5-7 deal with the general principles of Christian living – the Christian is to be separated from this ungodly world in his thoughts, words, and general conduct.
Christianity 101 Seminar - Attendance at the Christianity 101 Seminar and the Membership Seminar (immediately following) is your next step. The next Christianity 101 Seminar is Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 until 11:30 a.m. at the Cafe area of the Oakmont campus. Register for Christianity 101 at: RccConnect.org/101
Membership Seminar - The Membership Seminar immediately follows the Christianity 101 Seminar on Saturday, September 21 from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Find the online Membership application form at this link: RccConnect.org/Membership.
For more information regarding membership, please contact David Kennard here.