How To Become A Member of The Church

There are three ways to join Louisville First Cumberland Presbyterian Church ...

I. By Profession of Faith & Baptism -- A person who is just beginning the Christian life does so through publicly professing Jesus Christ as their Savior and receiving the sacrament of baptism which is a symbol of God's grace through Jesus Christ. Christians will be asked to answer the following five questions of covenant from our Confession of Faith:

1. Do you repent of your sin and believe Jesus Christ to be your Savior and the Lord of your life?
I Do.

2. Do you believe the scriptures of the Old and New testaments to be the
inspired word of God, the source of authority for faith and practice, and will you read and study them for guidance in living the Christian life?
I do so believe and I do so promise.

3. Do you promise to be a faithful member of this church by
participating in worship, sharing in its ministry of witness and
service, supporting the government of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church / Cumberland Presbyterian Church in
America, and loving your brothers and sisters in Christ?
I do so promise.

4. Will you strive to overcome temptation and weakness, grow in know- ledge and grace, and practice love in all relationships, being strengthened in your personal discipleship by your life in the community of faith?
I will so strive.

5. Do you promise to be a good steward of the life, talents, time, and money which God has entrusted to you, giving of these gifts to the church?
I do so promise.

Baptism is administered by the pouring / sprinkling of water over the head of the new believer.

II. By Transfer of Membership or Letter -- We are able to recognize your previous baptism and transfer your membership from another church or denomination. It is not necessary to be rebaptized. We will be happy to contact your previous church and ask them to forward your letter of membership to us or remove your name from their roll if they do not grant letters. You will be asked to answer the following question in the affirmative: Do you reaffirm your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, and do you transfer your membership and loyalty to this congregation?

III. By Reaffirmation of Faith -- If persons who have previously made a profession of faith desire to unite with our congregation, they will be received on reaffirming their faith in Christ and expressing their desire to become a member of the Louisville First Church family. They will be asked to answer the same question as those who are coming by transfer of membership or letter.


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