“…You are a member of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country,
and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.”
Ephesians 2:19 (The Living Bible)
What do we mean when we talk about “Becoming Family” at BLC?
The Bible speaks of the church as a family or the household of God.
The church is called the Body of Christ in the New Testament, and you don’t just casually amputate a thumb! In fact, if the thumb is hurting the whole body goes to its aid. This metaphor shows the commitment, the accountability, and the interdependence of the church family.
“Becoming Family” at BLC is, therefore, more than just “becoming a BLC Church member” – this is not like joining a country club, it is about becoming a part of an organic family.
Why “Become Family” at BLC?
At BLC, “Becoming Family” is a public affirmation of celebrating God’s grace at work in each of our lives!
It publicly reaffirms both our faith as well as that we are part of a community. Becoming Family means reaffirming God’s call and mission in our lives – something that is not an individual enterprise but a shared commitment. This is why we conduct such celebrations publicly and communally. Our decision to follow Jesus may be decided in our hearts; but we express our will in a public affirmative event. Others may be encouraged and inspired in the process. In this way, we also recognize that BLC is not some invisible entity – but a real and physical; a sign, instrument and foretaste of God’s kingdom on earth.
The Bible also places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. It’s tough to be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.
At the same time, there are practical reasons also for becoming part of the BLC Family. As much as relationships are important and fundamental, so are structures and systems – especially when it comes to the practicality of the church as an organization.
Every team has a roster. Every school has an enrollment. Every army has an enlistment. Every family has its family tree. Becoming Family thus helps identify our family members who can be counted on in our attempt to fulfill our purpose and mission. Administratively speaking, this allows one to enter a process where his or her vote and voice can be counted in the life of the BLC Family.
What does “Becoming Family” mean for me?
At BLC, it is our heart’s desire for our BLC Family members to live out four commitments as we follow Jesus together.
- The Membership Commitment – A commitment to Christ and to a Church Body (Eph 2:19, Rom 12: 4-5)
- The Maturity Commitment – A commitment to habits necessary for spiritual growth (2 Pet 3:18, I Tim 4:7)
- The Ministry Commitment – A commitment to discovering and using God given gifts and abilities in serving God and others (1 Pet 4:10, 1 Cor 12:5,27)
- The Missions Commitment – A commitment to share the Gospel with others (Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15)
How can I “Become Family” at BLC?
At BLC, you are encouraged to consider one of the following ways to become family:
- Be baptized – if you have never been baptized in water before, we invite you to follow Jesus through the sacrament of baptism.
- Be affirmed/confirmed – if you were baptized as an infant or child, we invite you to publicly affirm your faith in community with us.
- Become a member of BLC – if you have been baptized in water before but are not a member of any other church, we welcome you to participate in life together as a BLC Family member.
- Transfer church membership – if you have previously been a member of another church, we welcome you to now become a member of BLC.
- Become an Associate Member of BLC – if you are a member of a Lutheran Church in another country, we invite you to participate in life together with the BLC Family as a member while you are here.
To help facilitate this, we typically conduct at least two 12-week sessions throughout the calendar year. These sessions lead up to a public celebration event that coincide with Easter and Christmas.
If you would like to start on this journey together, please indicate your interest by filling in this form here: Becoming Family at BLC: Baptism, Confirmation & Membership