Acts 2:42 "So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls."
We will be considering excerpts from Edward T. Hiscox's Baptist Church manual, a classic Baptist work that describes this vital teaching. Bro. Hiscox lived from 1814-1901 and was a Baptist Pastor, theologian and spokesman of his day. Below Hiscox begins the discussion on regenerate church membership by noting four major elements.
Excerpts from Edward T. Hiscox's "New Directory for Baptist Churches" on the subject of regenerate church membership
I. CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP.
To be sure we are clear
The excerpt above is not talking about what is necessary for a person to be reconciled to God in salvation. The above statement deals with the matter of membership in the local church. Why be sure that this point is clear? Because too often, even in Baptist churches, I have met people who thought they were Christians upon the basis of their church membership. Sadly, such assumptions reverse the order as taught by scripture. To be clear, to be initiated into a right relationship with God, you must be born again by grace through faith alone. In what we are discussing in this series of posts, the issue has to do with how one is initated into the life of the local church, which is a post-conversion issue. As will be maintained, to be a member of the local church, you must be born-again + scripturally baptized = membership in the local church.