When you become a member of the church, you make vows to God and to other believers. Though many today are afraid to make such a commitment, it has immeasurable blessings from God and lays a stable foundation for our growth as Christians. If it is God's will, then it is the best thing for you and your family.
"First, that believers, all and every one, as members of Christ have part in Him and in all His treasures and gifts; secondly, that each one must feel himself bound to use his gifts, readily and cheerfully, for the advantage and welfare of other members." (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 55)
Belonging to a local church demands loyalty and commitment.
Use your spiritual gifts in loving service toward others in the church. Without each member, the church cannot function fully. In showing interest in and encouragement for their spiritual and physical needs, you will find yourself working together toward common goals.
Have regular fellowship with Christ and other believers as they gather each Lord's Day. Jesus himself made it his custom to worship each week with God's people. Regular attendance will surely encourage you and strengthen you in your Christian walk. If you are there the church is enriched; if you are absent the church is the poorer.
Pray for the church; the pastor, elders, deacons, members, church ministries, youth and children, special needs and opportunities. Prayer should be offered for the church throughout the world and for all mission efforts.
Communicant members are to partake regularly of the Lord's Supper. Members are to have their children baptized and give attention to family worship and the catechetical training of their children.
Members are to labor faithfully to bring others to Christ. All members should invite others to public worship and greet worshipers and newcomers in a friendly way. If a member knows of someone who wishes to inquire further about the Christian faith or who is interested in church membership, he can also serve by introducing that person to the church and its leadership.
A member is expected to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by seeking first His kingdom. Prayer and giving toward missions is needed to fulfill Christ's Commission to His church.
Members are to contribute liberally in proportion to their means, toward the support of the church and its ministry. Such giving should be done regularly, cheerfully, and with a spirit of gratitude to God.
Acknowledge the elders' authority and oversight as shepherds of Christ's flock. While seeking to care for each member, the elders seek to defend the unity, peace, and purity of Christ's church.