One of the deepest desires of each of us is to have fellowship with others. Such fellowship can be found through membership in First Assembly. Church membership means mutual benefits and responsibilities for both the church and the member.
My church expects me to...
- Attend services faithfully.
- Be aware of the total church program at home and abroad and support it by prayer.
- Live a consistent Christian life.
- Serve in the church and its outreach according to my abilities.
- Share my Christian testimony by word and life on a person-to-person basis.
- Support its work by the methods of tithing (giving a tenth of my income) and additional offerings.
I expect my church to...
- Minister to my spiritual needs, especially through the preaching of the Word.
- Assist me with Godly counsel, especially in times of decision, stress, and difficulty.
- Provide me with opportunities for Christian fellowship.
- Serve me and members of my family in matters of religious instruction.
- Sustain me by the prayers and concern of pastors and fellow believers in the distressing circumstances of life.
- Be a sound steward of my financial and personal investments in the kingdom of God.
Church members are expected to agree with its teachings. We believe…
- The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
- There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
- In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to the earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years (Matthew 16:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
- In the blessed hope, which is the rapture of the Church, at Christ’s coming (Titus 2:13).
- The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-9).
- Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (John 3:3-5).
- The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (1 Peter 2:24).
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it (Acts 2:39).
- In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Galatians 5:16).
- In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation (John 5:28-29).