Acts 2:42 "So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls."
1. A regenerate heart.
Below Hiscox begins his lively discussion on regenerate church membership by noting the first requirement for being a member of a local church (at least among Baptist churches), namely the need for a regenerate heart.
Excerpts from Edward T. Hiscox's "New Directory for Baptist Churches" on the subject of regenerate church membership
In the constitution of the first churches, both Jewish and Gentile, the persons who composed them were not indiscriminately gathered, but those called out of the masses of the people on a confession of faith in Christ, and a change which betokened a regenerate nature.
The salutation to the Corinthians is, " Unto the Church of God, which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in
The unvarying tone of New Testament utterance is the same. Those gath- ered in fraternal fellowship to constitute the churches of our Lord, are such as have been called out of darkness into light, and from the power of Satan. Once were they darkness, now are they light in the Lord."