This is a common question we are asked (and a great one!) Our answer is in the form of some questions: Have you been born again? Would you like to commit to being a contributing part of our church body? Come to a new member class to discover membership at Reality Santa Barbara.
We believe that when a person is brought into the spiritual family of God through rebirth by the grace through faith, and the power of the Holy Spirit, that they are instantaneously made a member of the body of Christ (the Church). Membership, then, happens at the moment of spiritual rebirth. If you are born again, you are a member of Christ’s body. The follow-up question would be, “Are you a functioning member of the local church or not?” As members of the local church, we desire to grow into our identity, not only as followers of Christ, but as members of our local church. A few times per year, we offer a short membership class where you can come to discover where we’ve come from as a church, where we are heading, and how you can engage with the Reality Santa Barbara church body.
Below are seven best practices. We believe that a functioning member of our church body endeavors to practice these things. We see these characteristics in Jesus’ followers in the New Testament, and also pledge to grow into the same.
Growing in our identity as followers of Jesus also means learning about what Jesus loves (John 17:3; Matt 11:29; Phil 1:9). There are many things to learn about following Jesus. Here are a handful of classes in the future that will help you get started on what we believe to be fundamental.