“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works”
– Hebrews 10:24
Biblical principles and practices of the local church can only be understood and carried out when a believer assembles on a regular basis with other believers for the purpose of honoring Christ with their lives. Membership at South Side Baptist Church is a privilege and a responsibility. It is more than a statement of where you worship. It is a commitment to our mission and ministries for the sole purpose of bringing Glory and Honor to God. Active participation is encouraged as opposed to passively being placed on a church roll. Therefore, to give you the opportunity to get to know us and to give us the opportunity to get to know you, we welcome and encourage everyone to attend a Sunday school class, attend worship services, and be involved in our fellowships.
1. Regularly attend services of SSBC
Attending Sunday School classes and church services at SSBC is of the utmost importance in order to determine if God is leading you to join our church. Gathering with us on a regular basis gives God the opportunity to lead you through the preaching and teaching of His Word. In addition, as mentioned above, attending Sunday School and church services gives us the opportunity to get to know one another.
2. Complete our Church Membership Course
This series of lessons is intended to help you discover the Biblical truths about becoming a productive, growing, fulfilled servant of the Lord Jesus Christ as a member of South Side Baptist Church. You will discover God’s expectations of you as a member, as well as the church’s responsibilities to its membership. These sessions will provide an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about SSBC.
Upon completion of all Church Membership Classes, those desiring to join SSBC are encouraged to submit a written testimony of salvation and sign that you affirm the Articles of Faith & Church Covenant.
3. Be approved by the members of SSBC
The authority to receive new members lies with the whole congregation of SSBC. Therefore, those who desire membership into this church must be approved by a vote of the members of SSBC. After sharing your salvation testimony with the church and affirming your willingness to strive to live in accordance with our church covenant, our Pastor will recommend that the church vote to receive you as a member. After that vote, you will be publicly and officially received and welcomed into membership by the current church members.
1. Biblical Testimony of Salvation
Christ is the head of the Church. For this reason, it is imperative that only those who acknowledge Him as Savior are part of the membership. You will be asked to publicly affirm your testimony of salvation in Jesus Christ in order to become a member.
2. Scriptural Baptism (Believer’s Baptism)
Scriptural baptism must meet the following conditions:
· Must be by immersion only – no sprinkling or pouring;
· Must be in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;
· Must follow conversion – no infant baptism or baptism as part of salvation;
· Must have proper authority – under church authority, not individual authority;
· Must be from a church of like faith – no baptisms from other faiths will be accepted.
If your baptism does not meet these Biblical conditions, you will need to be baptized in order to become a member of South Side Baptist Church.
3. Approval by Current Membership
As stated above,
the authority to receive new members lies with the whole church body, not the
staff or leadership. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be presented to the
current church members for approval based upon our Pastor’s recommendation.
Upon approval by the church, you will be received into membership of SSBC.
We hope that this has provided the information you needed to move forward in “Meaningful Church Membership!” If you have any questions, please email Pastor Chadd Harkrider at Pastor@SSBC.info or fill out one of our “Connection Cards” by clicking the “CONTACT US” tab at the top of this page.