How do you become a member of the church of Christ?
In the salvation of man’s soul there are two necessary parts: God’s part is the big part, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The love which God felt for man led him to send Christ into the world to redeem man. The life and teaching of Jesus, the sacrifice on the cross, and the proclaiming of the gospel to men constitute God’s part in salvation.
Though God’s part is the big part, man’s part is also necessary if man is to reach heaven. Man must comply with the conditions of pardon that the Lord has announced. Man’s part is clearly set forth in the following steps:
Hear the Gospel
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).
See also Romans 10:17
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
See also Mark 16:16
Repent of Past Sins
“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent” (Acts 17:30).
See also Luke 13:3-5, 2 Corinthians 7:10
Confess Jesus as Lord
“As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:36-37)
See also Matthew 10:32-33, Luke 12; 8-9, Romans 10:9-10
Be baptized for the forgiveness of sins
Peter said to them, “Repent and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2-38).
See also Mark 16:16, Acts 19:5, 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21
Live a Christian Life
“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S OWN POSSESSION, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2-9).
See also 1 Corinthians 3:16