Formal membership to the local church is the biblical norm, and extremely vital for a healthy and thriving relationship among the people of God. At Portico Church we offer a 16-week study through the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith (the confession affirmed by the officers and members of Portico) as a prerequisite for formal membership.
Dr. James Renihan correctly points out:
The ‘faith once for all delivered to the saints’ (Jude 3) may be expressed in a variety of ways. A good confession communicates it systematically. Moving from foundational topics through the whole spectrum of belief, it presents doctrine in all of its interrelated beauty. Another way of stating the faith is by means of questions and answers, that is, catechetically. This method is useful for memorization. Christians have used it for millennia.
We find that the Baptist Catechism is a very useful in helping to teach the doctrines of the Christian faith as they are systematically set forth in the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
The membership class is a great way to learn the doctrine of the church and to get to know the leadership. We gather weekly to examine the Scriptures and to discuss the beliefs set forth in the confession. Whether you are young in your walk, new to Reformed Theology, or simply desire to study the rich historical doctrines of the Christian faith, please consider participating in this wonderful study.
For more information please contact Pastor Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org