The Church

Jesus Christ is the creator of the church

In Matthew 16:18, Christ promised that He would build His church, based upon the rock of the confession that Jesus is Lord of all. He also promised that when gather together for the glory of Christ, to worship Him and accomplish His purposes, He is in our midst. Matthew 18:18-20

Gathering together in a local church assembly is important

Believers in Christ are encouraged to consider how to stir other believers up to love and good works. This is to be done when we meet with other believers, an activity that we are not to neglect. Hebrews 10:24-25 In addition, there are many obligations that we have to other Christians, and many ways of reflecting Christ that can only be fulfilled by meeting with other believers.

Some examples are…
Encouraging each other to be the salt of the world– Mark 9:49-50
Loving one another (which is the test of being a disciple)– John 13:34-35, John 15:12, etc.
Show honor to each other– Romans 12:10
Associate with the lowly among us– Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with one another– Romans 15:5
Welcome one another– Romans 15:7
Instruct one another– Romans 15:14
Be united in the same mind with each other– I Corinthians 1:10
Come together to eat with one another– I Corinthians 11:33
Care for one another– I Corinthians 12:25
Comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace — II Corinthians 13:11
Serve one another– Galatians 5:13
Bear one another’s burdens– Galatians 6:2
Bearing with one another in love– Ephesians 4:2
Act like we are members one of another– Ephesians 4:25
Practice kindness to one another– Ephesians 4:32
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs– Ephesians 5:19-20
Submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ– Ephesians 5:21
Teaching and admonishing one another– Colossians 3:16
Abounding in love for one another– I Thessalonians 3:12
Encourage one another– I Thessalonians 4:18
Build one another up– I Thessalonians 5:11
Do good to one another and to everyone– I Thessalonians 5:15
Exhort one another every day– Hebrews 3:13
Confess sins to one another and pray for one another– James 5:16
Show hospitality to one another– I Peter 4:9
Use our gifts from God to serve one another– I Peter 4:10
Show humility toward one another– I Peter 5:5

God equips us for ministry to the church, through the church

The Bible tells us that Christ gave grace and gifts to every believer, but that the gifts may differ. (Eph. 4:7-8). The Bible also says that every believer needs other believers and is needed by them. We are together one body, and each of us is a part of the greater body of Christ. Each of us is to use his or her gifts to build up the body of Christ in the local church. (I Corinthians 12:14-27, Romans 12:4-8)

God instructs us and equips us to use our gifts through the teachers and leaders He has placed in the church. We each have a ministry, but the teachers who equip us for our individual ministries are the teachers in the church. (Ephesians 4:11-12). The end result of a healthy local church is that the church builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:13-16)

Membership in the church is important

The Bible says that we are “one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5)

To reflect that truth, we at Northwest Baptist Church acknowledge our obligations to one another and dependency on each other through formal church membership. This is really just a way of acknowledging what the Bible says is already true about us as we meet together regularly and care for one another. However, going through a process of becoming an “official” member of the church reminds us of the nature of our relationship to one another.

When a person joins to the other members of Northwest, there are a few things we want to make sure they understand about God and about the commitment we have to one another. Those ideas are summarized in the “Beliefs and Expectations of Members of Northwest Baptist Church” (which you can view through this link).

If you think you would like to join us…
Here is a link to a Membership Application

Unless otherwise cited, Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ® (ESV ®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Copyright 2015 Northwest Baptist Church