Why Become a Member?
The Bible uses several metaphors to describe the nature of the church. For example, the church is compared to a family, a body, an army and a temple. Each of these word-pictures shares several common features:
the church is made up of parts
each part is vital to the health and function of the whole
the parts are committed to and identified with the whole
the parts have a duty to contribute to the whole
each part functions under clear leadership
As members of Christ’s body we have many “one another” obligations to fulfill, e.g. “love one another, encourage one another, build one up one another, admonish one another”, etc. In order to fulfill these biblical commands we need one another, we need to know who we are connected to and committed to, we need to know who we can lean on and who is depending on us. In addition, Elders are called to “...pay careful attention to all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God...” As shepherds we need to know the sheep that have been entrusted to our care and oversight.
In the Spring and Fall of every year, River Oaks holds our new members classes. If you would like information on the next class, please contact the church office.