Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Joining RBC


There are three ways in which this church will accept new members.

Letter of Transfer

First, a person may unite with us by a letter of transfer from another Baptist church of like faith and order. When someone requests to join in this fashion, Rodgers Baptist Church will request a letter of transfer of membership from the candidate’s former church.

Statement of Faith

Second, a person may unite with us by statement. This signifies that the candidate was once a member of another Baptist church of like faith and practice but a letter of transfer is unobtainable. Rodgers Baptist Church will generally accept a candidate’s statement about his baptism and membership in another Baptist church; however, it is important that a full explanation be given to the church concerning why a letter of transfer is unobtainable.

Profession of Faith & Baptism

Third, a person may unite with us by profession of faith and subsequent baptism. This means that a person publicly confesses to be a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and is asking for baptism and membership in Rodgers Baptist Church. The act of baptism identifies the believer with Christ and with His church. Members of Rodgers vote to receive the candidate for baptism. After baptism a person is a member.

Baptism is not sacramental. Baptism is symbolic; picturing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and a representation of what has already taken place through conversion: death to the old life, its burial, and raised to walk in newness of life in Christ.