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Membership = Commitment. Becoming a member of Cornerstone simply means you are committing yourself to us and we are committing ourselves to you. Through membership, you are blessed as you place yourself under the care, instruction, and accountability of the elders and members of Cornerstone. Through membership, Cornerstone is blessed with your presence, gifts, and influence as you invest in the lives of those around you.
God intended for believers to become part of his body which is the church and to experience the richness of community that is found in committed relationships within local churches. Membership is the way for you as well as us to facilitate that community and commitment among one another.
Though the Bible does not mention the word "member" or "membership", it does teach the idea of membership. The church of the New Testament would not have understood the concept of a Christian who was not associated with and committed to a local body of believers. Indeed, the language used to describe the church (body, flock, temple, household) evokes the idea of those who are a committed and vital part of that community. God's call on church leaders to care for His people necessitates that pastors/elders know who they are being called to shepherd, instruct, disciple, and guard (1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 20:28; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 5). Likewise, God's call on members of the local church to follow and obey their leaders assumes that they have joined themselves to a local body of believers (Hebrews 13:17).
Our desire is that everyone at Cornerstone would become a vital and committed member of the church. If you would like more information on membership, we would like to invite you to our next membership class.