Concerning the requirements for membership in the Presbyterian Church, it has been said, Her door of entrance is as wide as the gates of heaven (The Creed of Presbyterianism, by Dr. Egbert W. Smith, p. 14). In a large sense, this statement is very true. Our five membership questions describe what Presbyterians believe to be necessary in order for a person to be a Christian. They do not constitute an examination of intelligence or learning; but are a description of Christian experience as the Presbyterian church understands it.
FIVE MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS
- Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in God's sight, justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except through His sovereign mercy? (Explanation)
- Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel? (Explanation)
- Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ? (Explanation)
- To the best of your ability, do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work? (Explanation)
- Do you submit to the government and discipline of the Church, and do you promise to study its purity and peace? (Explanation)