Empowering Church Membership for the 21st Century





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Empowering Church Membership  for the 21st Century



  1. If any man be in Christ – he is a new creature!
    1. Your new life.
    2. What to expect.
    3. Give yourself time.
    4. Receive the love of God from the Church; from Brothers & Sisters; from Pastors and leaders

II. Water Baptism

 III.   Baptism in the Spirit

 IV.   Joining a Church

  1. Fellowship
  2. Christian growth
  3. Service

V.     Prayer

 VI.  Bible study

 VII.       Church Attendance

 VIII.      Family and Friends

 IX.       The “Old Man”

 X.        The “New Man”

 XII.     The Cross of Christ

 XII.       Being Led by the Spirit         



Preparation for Baptism and 1st Communion

  2. Welcome and warm up
  3. What it means to be saved? (Key Scripture – Ephesians 2:8)
  4. Why do God and Jesus love people? (Romans 5:8)
  5. How can Jesus fit in my heart? (Colossians 1:26-27)
  6. How do you get Jesus in your heart? (Romans 3:21-24)
  7. Would God send nice people to hell if they are not Christians? (Romans 3:1O-12)
  8. What is God’s plan of salvation? (Acts 2:38)
  9. God loves you.
  10. God has a wonderful plan for your life.
  11. God wants to have a relationship with you.
  12. The way to have that relationship is through Jesus Christ His Son


III.        What is Baptism?

  1. Baptism is the use of water in a public ceremony to announce to everyone that I have received Jesus Christ as my savior. (Matthew 3:13-17)

b   Baptism is a sign of your faith (Repent, accept Jesus as your Savior,

new life with God. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

  1. Baptism is a symbol. (Unity with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and with other believers; new birth in Jesus, through the Holy Spirit; death, burial

and resurrection with Jesus. (Romans 6:1-4)

  1. In Baptism we are identified with Christ through His death, burial and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-5:11; Colossians 2:12; Colossians 3:1, Rom 6:4-5)


  1. What does the Bible say about Baptism? Matthew 3:13-17; I Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 6:1-4; Colossians 2; I Peter 3:17-22)


  1. What is going to happen when I get baptized?
  2. I have to get dressed in my new robe.
  3. I will show the world that I am a new creation in Jesus Christ.
  4. The preacher will say some words and a prayer over me and take me under the water.
  5. Let’s take a walk to the pool!


Questions and Closing comments


  1. Communion / The Lord’s Supper – Day Two – (2nd Wednesday after Baptism)
  2. What is the Lord’s Supper – Key scriptures – I Corinthians 11:23-31
  3. What does it mean to have communion?
  4. What does the scripture say about communion?
  5. What are the benefits of communion?
  6. What is going to happen when I take communion?
  7. I will be given the bread that is a symbol of Jesus’ body.
  8. I will be given the cup of wine which is the symbol of Jesus’ blood.
  9. I will recite what I believe (the Apostle’s Creed).

Questions and Closing comments

***New Converts are oriented on Baptism and Communion before baptism. They are water baptized. Then they are oriented on the Person of the Holy Spirit, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Church. New Converts are then given the Right Hand of Fellowship welcoming them into the Church and the Body of Christ.


  1. Welcome to The Person of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit


  1. Who is the Holy Spirit?
  2. The Holy Spirit is a Counselor and the Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17a).
  3. The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds (John 14:25).
  4. The Holy Spirit leads (Romans 8:14).
  5. The Holy Spirit can be resisted (Acts 7:51).
  6. The Holy Spirit comforts (Acts 9:31).
  7. The Holy Spirit speaks (Acts 28:25).
  8. The Holy Spirit can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30).
  9. The Holy Spirit is a sealer. (Ephesians 1:13).
  10. The Holy Spirit is the earnest deposit of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:14).
  11. The Holy Spirit is a convicter (John 16:8).
  12. The Holy Spirit indwells us (Romans 8:9,11).



  1. What does the Holy Spirit give you?





R-ealize the impossible


Questions and Comments

  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  2. What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Key scripture – Acts 2:1-4
  3. Subsequent act of grace to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that

comes upon request, to empower the believer to be a witness for

Christ. (Acts 2:1-4)

  1. Different than the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which is the initial infilling

of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer when you first receive Jesus

Christ as your Lord and Savior.

  1. Things we need to understand about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  2. It is ordained by Christ – Luke 24:49.
  3. It is neither salvation nor water baptism – Acts 1:8.
  4. Beneficial to the believer – Acts 1:8; John 14:26.
  5. For every believer – Acts 2:39.
  6. Accompanied by the evidence of “speaking in other tongues.”- Acts 2:4

Ill.        How do we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

  1. It is a gift and received by faith.
  2. Received through laying on of hands, tarrying, prayer or high praise and much more (Acts 8:15-17).


  1. What happens when we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
  2. We will receive a new language! (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46 & 19:6)
  3. We are given power to witness for Christ with new gifts and ability. (Acts 1:8)


Questions and Comments


***Minister the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to candidates.





  1. What is the Church?
  2. The called out company (Matthew 16:18).
  3. The assembled people of God (Hebrews 10:25).
  4. The habitation of God by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).
  5. The body of Christ in the earth (I Cor. 12:12-14).
  6. What does being an active church member mean?
  7. It means sharing more fully in the life of your church.

III.        Why is it important for me to be active in my church?

  1. Because you are the church,
  2. Because the Church needs you!
  3. Why should I become involved in my Church?
  4. Because each of us needs the help and guidance of other Christians in

order to follow Christ.

  1. What are the benefits of active Church membership?
  2. Personal growth
  3. A sense of belonging
  4. Church growth
  5. A sense of fulfillment
  6. Renewed purpose
  7. Spiritual joy


  1. Why should I go to Church?
  2. Your spirit will die.
  3. Your eyes will open to His greatness.
  4. Your understanding of your own need for Him will enlarge you.
  5. You will become aware of your utter sinfulness.
  6. You will allow Him to touch you and cleanse you; you will be converted.
  7. You will say yes to His will for your life and purpose.
  8. You will leave all and follow Him.

VII.       Find out what area each candidate wants to serve in within the Church.

VIII.      Why is giving important?

  1. Giving is a covenant between you and God and has great benefits.
  2. Giving is a commandment from God. (Malachi 3:10)
  3. Giving (tithing) is a Biblical commitment (Malachi 3:10 & I Cor.16:2)


Questions and Comments



Candidates are given a walk through of what will happen when they are baptized



Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.