Immersion, sprinkling of the water, effusion, profession of faith, etc. Maybe you thought that I was going to talk about those ceremonies in this article. Every organization, and the church is not an exception, has its own way of receiving members. You can enter through the door of such organizations, but that does not mean that you are a member. With the church is the same thing. Just coming Sunday mornings every week, or once in while will not make you a member of the church. Some churches require a certain confession, a ceremony, a declaration, or vow. Most of the churches do that in a public way. But everyone of them has something that needs to be done for you to become a member. In other words, they have an entry door. What is important for us to understand that there is an underline requirement that you must accept in order to become a member. I am not talking about the rules and doctrines of a particular church, I am talking about the most important thing, the “Real Entry Door” to the church.
3 – The Church Has Only One Entry Door
The entry door for the real church is not in ceremonies or words. The entry door is one person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. There is no other way for you to be a member of the church. He said that in a clear way in John 10: “Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. John 10:7.” It is interesting that Jesus emphasizes this statement with the sentence: “I tell you the truth”. Jesus Himself is the gate for the sheep, and that is the absolute truth. In the next verses He said: “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. John 10:9.” To be part or member of the real church, the flock of Jesus, you have to enter through Him.
In theological terms that would involve regeneration, conversion, faith, etc. The meaning is simple. You have to believe in Jesus, who He is, what He said He is, and in what He did, His works. Everything else in your Christian life depends on that. Jesus, his life, suffering, sacrifice, and resurrection, is the entry door, not only to an eternal relationship with God, but also to the church. It is crucial for us to understand that Jesus is unique. He said that in an unequivocal way: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6.”
Your entrance in the particular or local church is just an outward expression of your faith in Jesus. It is an outward demonstration that you believe in Jesus, you are following Him, and you are part of His flock.
As you can see, the ceremonies are not the most important aspects in your entrance into the church. They just reveal what happened inside of you. It is a public and necessary testimony about who you are and in whom you believe. If you are a member of the church, but do not believe in Jesus and in His works, then you are just a member of an organization, nothing more. You need to enter through the real and only door, Jesus Christ Himself. If you are a member of Jesus’ flock, you should be a member of a local or particular church. There is no other way around it. Your presence and participation will give a testimony of your faith in Jesus.
Have a blessed week,