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Membership

Thank-you for your interest in Baptism and Membership at Parliament Community Church. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, and feel that God has called you to step into deeper commitment as part of our congregation, we invite you to consider membership. If you are interested in membership, email the church office or phone 306.586.0101.


Membership At Parliament Community Church

In the Mennonite Brethren family of faith, church membership is a tangible expression of a spiritual reality. As believers in Jesus Christ we are members of his body, the church universal (Ephesians 4:3-6). Membership in a given local church provides the context for experiencing what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. For membership to be meaningful in a local church, therefore, members must be participants in worship and service. Through worshipping and serving together we are able to hold one another accountable as we together seek to grow into the likeness of Christ.

Responsibilities of the Church to its Members

  • to teach (Ephesians 4:11-16);
  • to encourage (Hebrews 10:23-25);
  • to give guidance and direction (Acts 20:28-35);
  • to disciple, or discipline (Matthew 18:15-20);
  • to provide fellowship and caring (Acts 2:42);
  • to give assistance in time of physical need (Acts 6:1-7; 11:27 -30); and to provide opportunities for service (Acts 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11).

Responsibilities of Members to the Church
Members, in turn, are to give back to the church the things which help others to mature: a basic, strong commitment to live and work within the church so that the church is prospered by their gifts (I Corinthians 12-14).

Some of these gifts are:

  • prayer (James 5:16; Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 1:4,9);
  • fellowship and encouragement to others (Hebrews 10:25);
  • stewardship of talents (Romans 12:1-2),
  • time (Ephesians 5:14-16),
  • money (2 Corinthians 8:5, 9:7),
  • influence (2 Corinthians 2:14)
  • the gospel (1 Corinthians 4:1);
  • a Christian lifestyle (Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:2; Philippians 4:8-9; Galatians 5:16; Hebrews 12:1-2);
  • a life of service (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12; 1 Peter 4:10-11); and loyalty and a constructive attitude (Matthew 5:23-24; 18:15-17; John 15:12).

(from “Following the Call - A Leadership Manuel for Mennonite Brethren Churches” - p.113-adapted)

Believer’s Baptism

Confession

We believe that when people receive God’s gift of salvation, they are to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is a sign of having been cleansepd from sin. It is a covenant with the church to walk in the way of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Meaning

Baptism by water is a public sign that a person has repented of sins, received forgiveness of sins, died with Christ to sin, been raised to newness of life, and received the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a sign of the believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ as expressed in the local church. Baptism is also a pledge to serve Christ according to the gifts given to each person.

Eligibility

Baptism is for those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and commit themselves to follow Christ in obedience as members of the local church. Baptism is for those who understand its meaning, are able to be accountable to Christ and the church, and voluntarily request it on the basis of their faith response to Jesus Christ.