Church membership is vitally important because we need each other. God did not save us to be alone, but he placed us in a community of believers.
You won’t find membership explicitly in the Bible, of course. But in our mobile, moving culture, it’s a key way to pursue and define our relationship with Christ’s people.
It’s about a church taking specific responsibility for a Christian, and a Christian for a church. It’s about “putting on,” “embodying,” “living out,” and “making concrete” our membership in Christ’s universal body.
Here are some helpful word pictures the Bible uses for the church.
- We are a body. Jesus Christ is no longer here on earth, but he left us here as his body. We fit together in harmony with all our various gifts to do his work. (1 Corinthians 12) Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. (Ephesians 5:23) His life flows through us by his Spirit. He is the Head, and we follow his direction.
- We are a building. No, we’re not talking about the walls and roof that stand on Sheridan! The people of Tulsa Bible Church are a building. We are living stones being built up as a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:5) God is the architect who fits us together into a temple where his Spirit lives.
- We are a bride. Christ loves and is committed to his people like the best husband to his wife. He is purifying and preparing us to be his holy and precious bride for eternity. (Ephesians 5:31-32)
So how do I get started?
- Discovery Class is a great first step if you’re new—a three-week class designed to introduce you to who we are and what we believe. It meets every Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour (8:45 – 9:45)
- Come to NewComers’ Lunch on the first Sunday of every month. This is a great opportunity to meet pastors, elders, and other leaders of TBC as you enjoy a free meal.
- Sign up for Foundations of the Faith, or FOF. This 12 week course is our membership class.
We schedule FOF at different times throughout the year, usually Sunday morning or evening, to fit different schedules. You can register for FOF on the Events page or contact the church office.