Membership at Jubilee Worship Center
It is the desire of Jubilee Worship Center to extend fellowship to all individuals. At the same time Jubilee Worship Center desires to uphold the principles of commitment to Christ and to the body that Scripture teaches must accompany true membership in the body of Christ.
The purpose of membership:
"And those who believed were together and had all things in common... day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart." (Acts 2:44-46)
The New Testament presents a picture of definable groups pf people who, once committed to the lord, identified themselves with and committed themselves to a particular local body. (Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Philippians 1:1; Acts 11:26) in order to implement the principles of accountability and commitment to the local body of Christ, as defined in the New Testament and practiced in the early church, the Church of God recognized the need for formal membership.
The criteria for membership:
"To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours." (1 Corinthians 1:2)
Membership into the Jubilee Worship Center shall be open to anyone twelve years of age or older who has personally accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, who has followed the Lord in Baptism, and a believer who desires to be committed to Jubilee Worship Center as a local body of believers. Individuals under the age of 18 years of age who desire to become members of Jubilee Worship Center must have written consent of their parent or legal guardian.
Procedure for membership:
Committed to regular attendance and consistent participation in the life of Jubilee Worship Center.
Must complete "Jubilee 101"
Have a personal interview with the Senior Pastor at which time you will share your personal testimony and share why you want to be a member.
Sign a Statement of Commitment: Jubilee Worship Center Membership Covenant. One must sign the Membership Covenant, which shall be used as an instrument to affirm one's desire for membership, and to serve as formal record of one's membership. Public affirmation of new members before the congregation.
Principles of Accountability and Commitment
Membership in the body of Christ requires submission to Christ, a desire to bring each phase of one's life under His lordship. It therefore involves obedience to the scriptural principles of commitment and accountability to the body of Christ, as summarized below:
"And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24)
Regular fellowship with other believers is vital to one's own Christian walk. Therefore believers should be willing to adjust their schedule to give priority to meeting with the body when it corporately assembles. Further, because Christ expended Himself on our behalf, we should be willing to give of our time to build His Kingdom and pursue those things of eternal significance. (Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 2:5-7; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 14:7-8)
TALENTS AND GIFTS
"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members of not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly." (Romans 12:4-6)
We recognize that the body of Christ is composed of independent members, each uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the body. Therefore each believer should seek to identify, develop and utilize his spiritual gifts and abilities and to seek a place of service within the body, with the support and affirmation of the body. (Romans 12:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 14; Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 25:14)
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourself treasures in heave, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
Realizing that we have been bought with the price of Christ's blood, everything we are and have belong to Him, and His Kingdom should become the true treasure we pursue.
We recognize the tithe (10% of ones earnings) as the biblical standard of giving, for the support of the body. But moreover, in response to Christ's abundant giving, we should increasingly seek to submit our personal resources to His Lordship, displaying a spirit of generosity and cheerfulness, knowing that as we give, our lives will be "enriched in everything for all liberality." (Matthew 6:19-21, 33, 13:44, 23:23; Luke 6:38; Philippians 3:7-8; 1 Peter 1:1-19; Hebrews 9:11-14; Ephesians 1:7; Malachi 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Proverbs 3:9-10)
"If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, in any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose...Do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:1-4)
As members of the body, we should continually seek to develop a spirit of mutual love, concern, encouragement, and the bearing of one another's burdens. We are to be concerned with each other's spiritual well being, stimulating each other to a deeper walk and commitment to Christ.
Realizing that sin obstructs one's walk with the lord and impedes fellowship, we are commanded to confront brothers and sisters in love and according to the biblical principles when there is evidence of sin, thus preserving the integrity of unity. (Refer to Church of God Minutes S39. Membership page 190-191 for procedures in dealing with members) (Philippians 2:1-3; 1 Peter 3:8-9; Hebrews 3:13; Acts 2:42; Acts 4; 1 John 1:7; Galatians 6:1; Luke 17:3-4; Ephesians 4:29-32)
The above scriptural principles of commitment to the Lord and to the body in no way represent the pathway to salvation. Salvation is wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result in whole or part of any human works or goodness. However, the inevitable accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is the desire to grow in obedience and godliness, brought about by the Holy Spirit's working in one's life. (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:5)
Jubilee Worship Center adheres to the Church of God (Cleveland Tennessee) Bi-Laws and Minutes and the New Testament is the only rule for government and discipline in the church.
Now that I am a member
Once someone takes membership with Jubilee Worship Center they know have all the rights and privileges of that membership as outlined in the Minutes of the Church of God. A member may vote on matters pertaining to the church. As a member you may participate on other areas of ministry. However, if one desires to be more involved in the work of the Local church he or she must complete the next two levels of training as outlined in Spiritual Life Development Process. "Discovering my purpose 201" and "Discovering my Ministry 301."