Join Palmdale Church – Membership
Members are an essential part of the working of Palmdale Church. We believe that every leader should be empowered to lead in the church as God has called him or her to lead. The pastors/elders guide the ministry by bringing leadership and accountability to staff. Pastors/elders provide oversight to make sure that the church operates in unity according to Christ’s leading through His Spirit.
But we also believe that the Spirit of Christ communicates and works through all church members to bring unity of mind and Spirit. For this reason, we call upon the members to affirm the direction of the church, the church budget, the appointment of elders, and other important decisions. We also call on the church members to provide insight into the mission and direction of our ministries.
We practice church membership for two primary reasons. First, it is clear in the scriptures that there was a criterion for who was a part of the church and who was not. Those who become members of the church are making a statement about their commitment to our local church’s mission.
Second, church membership practice allows us to differentiate between those who are attending our church and those who have made an authentic profession of faith, been baptized, and are living a life honoring Jesus.
Members of Palmdale Church:
- Profess Jesus Christ as Savior
- Profess Jesus Christ as Lord
- Have been baptized
- Affirm the mission and vision of Palmdale Church
- Participate in the activity of Palmdale Church
Profess Jesus Christ as Savior
The Bible teaches that all people have been unfaithful to God (Romans 3.23), placing us under God’s wrath. Sin has separated every person from God, and all things good for eternity (Ephesians 5.6). But God came to earth embodied as the man Jesus, lived a perfect life, and died a death that we do not have to die (Romans 5.6-10). Through the belief that Jesus died on our behalf (John 3.16), we find peace with God (Romans 5.1). We receive the promise that we will never be separated from Him again (Romans 8.35-39). Thus Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to God (John 14.6).
Members of Palmdale Church profess that only Jesus Christ can reconcile us to God.
Profess Jesus Christ as Lord
Jesus came to save people from God’s wrath. But, Jesus did not only come to keep people from God’s wrath; he came to rescue people from sin itself. That means we follow Jesus as Lord or Master. We must walk in his ways, not our ways. We are to live in righteousness, not in sin.
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means!” (Romans 6.1-2).
Members of Sonrise Church confess that Jesus is Lord and seek freedom, not just from God’s wrath, but from sin itself.
Baptism is a public affirmation that Jesus Christ is both Savior and Lord. For more information on baptism, see the Palmdale Church baptism page.
Members of Palmdale Church have been baptized as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Mission and Vision
Palmdale Church is a multigenerational, multiethnic Christian community devoted to following Jesus and sharing Jesus’ love with our communities in Palmdale and the Antelope Valley.
A church journey’s together. Our vision is to see the people of Palmdale know and worship Jesus. We demonstrate our vision at our weekly worship gatherings.
Our mission is to bring others into the church so that they will know him and become a member of God’s family. We do this by providing an authentic experience of Jesus for those we encounter in our community.
Our prayer is that many would join us in experiencing what true devotion to Jesus and the Kingdom of God is doing in our city.
We ask that members of our church prioritize involvement in the church’s activity as much as possible. (We understand that sometimes health or other circumstances can prevent certain activities.) The following is a concise list of biblical activities of church members:
- Sunday Worship (Hebrews 10:25)
- Small Groups or Discipleship (Acts 2:46)
- Service in the church or community (Ephesians 2:10)
- Family Meetings (Members gather together triannually to share ideas and participate in official church business.)
- Family Cooperation
- Pray for other members of the church (James 5:16)
- Generous and Cheerful Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
- Christian Growth (2 Peter 3:18)
- Outreach (1 Peter 3:15-16)
- Affirmation of Leaders (Hebrews 13:17)
- Submission to Spiritual Leadership (Including Church Restoration, Matthew 18:15-20)
‘Sound doctrine’ is a biblical term that refers to right teaching. Members of Palmdale Church are required to agree with the beliefs of the church. The Elders must approve any disagreements before becoming a member. Please review our beliefs before pursuing membership.
NOTE: If you are not sure about some nuances of doctrines, but you are in general agreement, you may still become a member if you can do so in good conscience.
The rejection of any of the above points—the profession of Jesus as Lord and Savior, the affirmation of the vision and mission of Palmdale Church, active involvement in Sonrise Church, and commitment to sound doctrine—will result in the suspension of membership.
To serve as a leader of any kind at Palmdale Church or to vote at family meetings, one must be a member in good standing. ‘Good standing’ means that you have met the membership requirements and remained consistent with your commitment.
Church restoration is the process of restoring someone to the right standing who has violated their membership terms. The method of restoration is outlined in Matthew 18:15-20. The goal of Church Restoration is always reconciliation and never division, although, in some instances, it may be necessary to revoke membership if restoration does not occur fully.
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- …to submit to the teaching of the Scriptures as the final authority on all issues (Ps. 119; 2 Tim. 3:14–17; 2 Pet. 1:19–21).
- …to pursue the Lord Jesus Christ through regular Bible reading, prayer, fellowship and practice of spiritual disciplines (Luke 18:1; Acts 17:11; 1 Cor. 9:24– 27; Eph. 5:1–21; 1 Thess. 5:12–22).
- …to follow the command and example of Jesus by participating in the practices of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 28:19, 1 Cor 11:17-26)
- …to regularly participate in the activity of Sonrise Church by attending weekly services, engaging in gospel-centered community and serving those within and outside of this church (Acts 2:42–47; Heb. 10:23–25; Titus 3:14).
- …to be responsible with the resources God has given me, including time, talents, spiritual gifts and finances, including regular financial giving, service and participation in community that is sacrificial, cheerful and voluntary (Matt. 25:14–30; Rom. 12:1–2; 2 Cor. 8–9; 1 Pet. 4:10–11).
- …to take seriously the responsibility of Christian freedom, especially actions or situations that could present a stumbling block to another member of the church (1 Cor. 8:1–13).
- …to practice my faith in public by refraining from activities that the Scriptures portray as sinful or foolish and loving my neighbor as myself in order to lead others to the truth (Matt. 5:13–16, Matt. 22:39, Rom. 14:14–23).
- …to submit to the discipline of God through His Holy Spirit by submitting to biblical procedures for restoration and discipline by the church members. (Ps. 141:5; Matt. 18:15–20; 1 Cor. 5:9–13; Heb. 12:5–11).
- …to submit to the elders and other appointed leaders of the church and diligently strive for unity and peace within the church (Eph. 4:1–3; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 5:5).
- …to notify the elders of a change in membership should I leave Sonrise Church for any reason and seek another church.