“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46–47
The moment that a man or woman places their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, they not only enjoy the blessing of union with Christ but also become members of his body, the church (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 3:6). To be a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church is to affirm your faith in Christ and to commit yourself to this local body of Christian believers.
We are blessed to have many visitors on any given Sunday at Fourth Presbyterian Church. If you are a visitor, we want to warmly welcome you and let you know how delighted we are to have you joining us in worshiping God.
If you are a regular attender of Fourth Presbyterian Church, we would invite you to consider joining this church family. We offer a New Members Class in the Fall, Spring, and Summer to help you prayerfully consider whether to join our church family at this time.
The New Members Class will help you reasonably pledge the following membership vows:
- Do you acknowledge yourselves to be sinners in the sight of God and without hope for your salvation except in his sovereign mercy?
- Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon him alone for your salvation as he is offered in the gospel?
- Do you now promise and resolve, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ?
- Do you promise to serve Christ in his Church by supporting and participating with this congregation in its service of God and its ministry to others to the best of your ability?
- Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and to the spiritual oversight of this Church Session, and do you promise to promote the unity, purity, and peace of the Church?
In the New Covenant, Christ instituted two sacraments in his church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism signifies our union with Christ and participation in all of his saving work. It also shows forth our membership in the covenant community of God’s people. The Lord Jesus gave the sign of baptism to all who profess faith in him and to their children (Genesis 17:7-8; 1 Peter 3:21).
If you have recently come to saving faith or have not been baptized, or if you desire to have your child baptized, please contact Sallie Holdrich. She will assist you in scheduling a time to meet with Dr. Todd Smedley, our Senior Pastor, to talk together about baptism.