How to Become a Member of Church of Christ

How to Become a Member of Church of Christ

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE IN CHRIST?

You are either in Christ or outside Christ.

It is necessary for us to know that we would either be in Christ or outside Christ (i.e in His body or outside His body)

  1. To be in Christ means you need to be in His body.
  2. To be in His body has nothing to do with searching for Jesus at Jerusalem, Jericho, Nazareth, or even going to lie at His tomb or visit those areas He spent time.
  3. What is the body of Christ: According to the writer of Corinth precisely 1cor. 12:13, He says for by one Spirit we were baptized into the body of Christ. We cannot say that the body here is the physical body of Christ since during this time Christ was already at the right hand of God in Heaven.(Acts 2:30-37.)

How to Become a Member of Church of Christ

The important part of this portion is that by one Spirit we were baptized into the body of Christ. The question to unveil what the body of Christ goes this way “At baptism at other portions of the scripture, where were they added to or will others be added to the body of Christ and others to something else? Certainly not! On the day of Pentecost after the meeting of Peter about 3,000 souls were baptized and they continued steadfastly (oneness) and in verse 47 the other souls that were believing in Christ were added to those that were being saved. Note here that they were added to the saved group (the saved body).

Jesus while having a conversation with Nicodemus assured him that one can only enter the kingdom of God by being baptized of water and of spirit (John 3:1-5). And according to the writer of the book of Colossians “Christ is the head of the body; the church” Colossians 1:18. “I will build my church” Matthew 16:18.

How to Become a Member of Church of Christ

We can deduce that the body of Christ is the kingdom of Christ which is the same thing as the church of Christ or Christ’s church and He is the head of the body (church) Colossians 1:18. In other words, the body of Christ is what we can see. Is not abstract or imagery but an institution own by Christ. The next question is

  1. How many bodies can a person have? If we are not satisfied to see a man with one head and many bodies, then we should also know that Christ will not be satisfied to have many bodies while He is the one head. This is only my opinion. But what is the bible saying about the number of body. According to Ephesians 4:4, there is only one body, one God, one Christ, etc. According to this portion, if we have one spirit, one God, one baptism then the body which is the church must also be one in doctrines, morals, etc
  2. How can we become a member in this one body? The process is the same. We must be obedient to the gospel of Christ that is the good news about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This can be done by us accepting to die with Christ, buried with Christ and also resurrecting with Him. According to Romans 6;3-6, this process is known as baptism. It is during this time that we have contact with the blood of Jesus Christ, it is during this time that we identify with the cross of Christ, it is during this time that we receive forgiveness of sin, it is during this time that we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the only process that God uses to add people to His Church. The process of being baptized added the following to the body of Christ or to the church of Christ, that is the process that made one to be in Christ:
  3. The 3,000 souls (Acts 2:41-42)
  4. Paul (Acts 9)
  5. The European Eunuch (Acts 8)
  6. Cornelius (Acts 10:47-48)

As Paul would put it, as many that are baptized are putting on Christ; this is possible because He is the head of the body; the church and He loves the church the same way a true husband will love his wife. He is looking at the church as part of His body (Ephesians 5:23-31)

Conclusion: How to Become a Member of Church of Christ

In conclusion, to be in the body of Christ or to be in Christ means to be a member of the church that belongs to Christ. And I know that you will strive hard to identify the church that Jesus promised to build. I know you will study the scriptures the more to understand the doctrines and pattern of the body of Christ, the church of Christ.