A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America

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Membership in a local body of believers has been downplayed in recent years as a result of our individualistic culture. But we at Bethany Presbyterian Church know that membership allows us to fully express our commitment to you as a part of our family and also allows you to fully express your commitment to Christ and His Church. Membership in a local community of believers is consistent with New Testament teaching while the modern idea of individualism and the unchurched Christian is not. Membership in a local body of believers marks and identifies us as the people of God, the visible Church in the present age.

If you are not currently a member of a local church, requirements for membership in Bethany include a sincere profession of your faith in Jesus Christ and attending The Inquirer’s Class, which is held during the Sunday School hour and allows you to learn the mission, core doctrines, and theological identity of our church. If you are a member of another church, and have questions concerning joining Bethany Church, please contact the church secretary at secretary@bethanypca.org

Membership Class

Our Membership Class is a six-week class that is taught during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:30) on consecutive Sunday mornings. It serves a twofold purpose. First, it is for those who attend Bethany and wish to become members. Many people visit a church for some time before making the commitment to join. The Inquirer's Class seeks to help those who are considering membership ask the questions for which they seek answers, to explain the theological positions of the church and what we teach, and to become familiar with those in leadership so that they can know who to approach if they need assistance. Second, it is for those who want a refresher course in Reformed Theology. While some of the six-week class is aimed at educating people on the who's, how's, and what's, of being part of the community, the first two or three classes are an in-depth explanation and discussion on what it means to be Reformed and Presbyterian.

Membership Vows

1. Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope save in His sovereign mercy?

2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel?

3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?

4. Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability?

5. Do you submit yourselves to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace?

Baptism

Baptism is one of two sacraments of Christ's church, the other being the Lord's Supper. Jesus told his disciples in the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that he told them, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is God's sign to us of His faithfulness to fulfill all of His covenant promises. It is a sign and seal to us of our being ingrafted into Christ, of regeneration and the forgiveness of sins. It is for the solemn admission into the church and to be to us a giving up to God to walk in newness of life as His new creation.

We further believe that water baptism has replaced circumcision in the Old Testament as the sign of God's covenant for His people in the New Testament. Therefore, just as children received the sign of circumcision in the Old Testament to mark them out as children of God's covenant people, even before they had faith, so too, we are to baptize children of believers in the New Testament church.
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