Ways To Join
There are three (3) ways to become a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church:
1. A Candidate for Baptism.
- One who has never accepted Christ and now will confess belief in Him. They must have a willingness to let Him rule their life and seek repentance for past sins. Baptism by emersion signals the death and burial of past sins through a cleansing process; the rising up out of the water, as a new person, a new life, a Christian life.
- Any person coming from a non-Baptist church, (if that person has never been baptized by a licensed, ordained Baptist minister prior to membership in the non-Baptist church), is required to come as a candidate for baptism.
2. One may join by Letter.
- The prospective member will bring or request a letter from the Baptist church he is leaving. The letter notifies the receiving church that the said person was a member (in good and regular standing), and desires a change of membership.
3. One may join by Christian Experience.
- The prospective member comes to us from another Baptist church with a statement – some reasons given (moved from area or city where his church was located); some choose to join with other members of the family, convenience, etc.
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
BAPTISM SERVICE IS HELD AT 10:30 A.M. EACH FIRST SUNDAY IN THE SANCTUARY. Baptism is the Pledge of our Allegiance to Christ. Baptism is commanded in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). It is the believer’s first public act to confess his faith in Christ. It is ordinarily the door into the invisible, local church. It is the initial ordinance (Acts 2:41, 8: 12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 1 Peter 3:21).
The act of baptism involves a personal obligation on the part of the believer to promote the cause of Christ, represented by the work of the church. The true New Testament Church is a soul saving, baptizing, teaching, preaching, evangelistic institution and the baptized believer is now a part of that great missionary world-wide ministry. We are united by the Spirit in the worship of God in praise, in thanksgiving, in prayer, and in the diffusion of the saving message of Christ to every creature. We are joined together in the body of our Lord for instruction, for spiritual growth and for mutual helpfulness. It is a great, glorious, mighty, significant day when we are baptized into the body of Christ; the bride and church of our Lord.
Communion is held each first Sunday at 5:00 P.M. in the sanctuary and is administered by Pastors and Deacons to members of the church, who are in good and regular standing. “Forsake not yourselves from assembling.” Therefore, it is not taken outside to homes or hospitals. God knows when you are not able to assemble. He understands.