International Church

Become a Member

Church membership is, first and foremost, a biblical commitment. At Harvest Life, we believe that the difference between attenders and members can be summed up in one word: commitment. Our goal is not to merely add to our membership roll, but to produce disciples whose lives show evidence of genuine Christian commitment and conversion.

Biblical Expectations for Membership: What Is Convenant?

The Example of Marriage

A marriage causes you to move from an acquaintance level relationship into a committed relationship with another person. This analogy holds true in the Christian’s life: When a person becomes a Christian, he commits himself to Christ, and when he becomes a church member, he commits himself to other Christians.

Three Types of Commitment

Paul mentions three types of commitment in 2 Corinthians 8:5, “First they gave themselves to the Lord; then they, by God’s will, they gave themselves to us as well.” These are the primary commitments. At Harvest Life, you give yourself to Christ and then you give yourself to your church family and then to your Pastor/Leaders.

The Example of Fellowship

Koinonia is a biblical Greek word that translates into the English word fellowship. The love that believers show toward one another through fellowship is a mark of true discipleship (John 13:33-35). First John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

What is a Covenant?

  • At Harvest Life, we only expect what the Bible clearly expects of all believers. These expectations are summarized in our Membership Covenant.
  • Throughout the Bible as well as Church history, spiritual covenants have been made between people for mutual edification and accountability.
  • Revisiting the marriage example above, we see that the most important part of a marriage ceremony is when the man and woman exchange vows. Before God and human witnesses they make certain promises to each other. This covenant between them is the essence of the marriage. In the same way, we believe the essence of church membership is contained in the willingness to commit to a membership covenant.

Biblical Requirements for Membership

Requirements for membership at Harvest Life are simple and biblical:

  1. A personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
  2. Baptism by immersion as a public symbol of one’s faith
  3. Baptism (or seeking to be baptized) in the Holy Spirit for power to witness (Acts 2:4)
  4. A signed commitment to abide by Harvest Life’s membership covenant

Coming into Covenant

Church membership is more than a commitment between you and the Lord. It is also a commitment between you and fellow believers, as well as between you and your pastors and leadership team. Based upon this principle, we as you to sign the HLIC membership covenant, which states the following:

Having received Christ as my Lord and Savior, having been baptized, and being in agreement with Harvest Life’s statements of biblical commitment, strategy, and structure, I now feel led by the Holy Spirit to unite with the Harvest Life International Church family.  In doing so, I commit myself to God and to the other members, and I come into covenant to do the following:

  • Protect the unity of my church
  • Share the responsibility of my church
  • Serve the ministry of my church
  • Support the testimony of my church

Application

Copies of the Membership Covenant are available in the lobby and can be returned to the drop box there. You may print a copy here.

Applications for membership are reviewed by the Board of Elders for approval. New members are publicly acknowledged on Membership Sunday (as announced).

 

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