What Membership Entails at Hope Works
While all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life are apart of the Universal Church, scripture also teaches the need for committing to a local church (1 Cor 1:2; Gal 1:2). It is in this local community of believers that we commit our membership; actively learning, growing, serving, and carrying out the great commission with one another.
Our membership classes are provided regularly, explaining who we are, what we believe, and our purpose as a church. During the membership classes individuals are given the opportunity to commit their church membership to Hope Works if they feel God’s leading. Our membership classes are collected into 4-sessions that focus on 7 specific commitments that we call our membership to and believe are signs of a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.
We believe these 7 commitments are the calling of every believer of Jesus Christ and
- Being Born Again and Baptized - It is important that each member has trusted in Jesus Christ’s death and ressurection to forgive them of their sins, and as a result has committed their life to following after Him (Romans 10:9; 1 John 1:9; John 3:1-14).
- The New Testament establishes the practice of believer’s baptism. After an individual trusts in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and commits their life to following him, they are called to publicly display their decision through baptism. Baptism does not save an individual, but is a symbolic, public proclamation of their decision of faith & followship in Jesus’ atoning work. The process of being submersed in water and raised again in the name of the Trinity, is symbolic of how, when we place our faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins, our old-self is buried with Christ, our sins washed away, and we are raised to life as a new creature in Him (Acts 2:38; Acts 10:48; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 2:12-115).
- Assembly: In Hebrews it says that believers should not forsake the assembly of the saints. At Hope Works this means committing to assembling on Sundays for worship, fellowship, and the teaching of God’s Word (Hebrews 10:24-25). Podcast, Television services, and small group bible-studies are not a replacement for the corporate assembly of the church family.
- Personal Quiet Time: It is impossible for a believer to grow into a mature relationship with Jesus Christ without a daily commitment to spending personal time with Him in prayer and the study of His Word. Even Jesus himself drew away from the crowds to spend undivided attention with His heavenly Father (Mark 1:35).
- Community: As important as a believers personal time with God, is the need for community with other brothers and sister in Christ who can sharpen, encourage, and uplift his/her walk with God. Although the trend in today’s churches is to slip in late to Sunday morning service and then slip out early before we can be noticed, God’s has designed a life of faith to be lived in community with other believers (Proverbs 27:17; 1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 10:24-25). Home Groups are designed to help foster community & encouragement at Hope Works.
- Ministry- Ministry is not just the responsibility of the Pastor and other church staff. Every believer has been gifted in special ways for serving the Church, and as a result, the church can only function at its fullest capacity when every member plays his/her part(Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12; 1 Peter 4:10-11). Jesus said that he did not come to be served, but to serve, and His followers also find that fulfillment comes in applying our unique passion, skills, and giftings to serve others (Matthew 20:20-28).
- Giving: From the beginning of the Bible in Genesis with Cain, Abel, Abraham, and Jacob, into the New Testament Church (2 Corinthians 9:5-7), offering back to God a portion of what he gives to us is viewed as an act of worship. At the core root is acknowledging what we have is not our own, but given to us by him to be used at his disposal through us (Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 3:6-12).
- Personal Evangelism: The heart beat of Hope Works is to be faithful to Jesus’ commission to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…(Matt 28:19)” There are 900,000 un-churched people in Tarrant county alone, and 1.6 billion around the world that have little or no access to the Goespel of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to take part in seeing them all become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.