Now that you’ve filled out your membership application, you may be curious about what to expect during your interview. As a prospective member of CPC, these are some of the questions you will be asked. You will also be asked if you believe the Apostle’s Creed, which is attached.
Experience of Christ: How did you come to know Christ personally (savingly)? Do you understand the basics of the Gospel – sin and grace?
About Christ Presbyterian: What do you appreciate most, or least, about CPC?
When you stand up in front of the church to become a member, you will be asked the following five questions (in bold). To help you think through what you will be promising, here are some additional questions for you to think through. We will discuss the questions in more detail during your interview.
1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in God’s sight, justly deserving his displeasure, and without hope except through his sovereign mercy?
1.1 Do you believe it’s important to see yourself as “justly deserving God’s displeasure”? Why or why not? What difference does it make to view yourself as such?
2. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus 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?
2.1 What is the significance of the word “alone” in the phrase “do you receive and rest upon him alone”? Why is that important to one’s understanding of salvation?
2.2 Why is “resting” on Jesus Christ an appropriate way to describe how we are to trust in Christ for our salvation? How is that done in daily life, and how is it practically experienced in your life?
3. Do you now resolve and promise, in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, to endeavor to live as becomes a follower of Christ?
3.1 What do you think this question is asking of you?
3.2 In terms of your membership, it is not important to us whether you are struggling with a particular sin or sins – although we want to be of help if you are, because we all struggle and need help.
What is important is whether you (1) lack Biblical convictions about what God expects from his people in terms of obedience and disobedience or (2) have Biblical convictions about the conducts God disapproves of, but have given in to those areas and have ceased fighting against them.
With that in mind, are there currently any areas of your life in which you are accommodating sin and not fighting against it?
3.3a For married couples: What is your understanding of what the Bible teaches concerning the permanence of marriage and when divorce is permissible? We believe the covenant made in marriage is permanent, and that divorce is permissible only after desertion or after a fundamental breaking of that covenant by one partner by means of adultery. Do you have convictions other than that?
3.3b For singles: What is your understanding of what the Bible teaches about living a sexually pure life? We believe sex is a gift from God by which we declare to a spouse that we are committed completely and exclusively to them. On that basis we believe sex outside marriage is wrong, and that living with someone with whom you are romantically involved and yet to whom you are not married is unwise. Can you give your assent to those beliefs?
3.4 The phrase “in humble reliance upon the Holy Spirit” implies use of the means of grace. These include church attendance, participation in the sacraments, regular Bible reading and prayer, and fellowship. What are your habits regarding your walk with God? If none, what obstacles do you face in establishing private devotions as a regular practice?
3.5 Being in a community group is not the only means through which to have significant fellowship, but it is an excellent way to do so. Are you currently involved in a community group, or do you have plans to get involved in one? If not, where are you getting your interaction with other believers?
4. To the best of your ability, do you promise to support the church in its worship and work?
4.1 To review: Members are expected to walk with God daily; worship with the people of God each week; be involved in either a community group and/or a ministry team; be good stewards of their talents and finances.
4.2 Outside of Sunday worship, how are you now, and how will you in the future, be involved in the church’s ministry? Are there any areas of service in which you are involved outside the church?
4.3 What do you believe to be the Christian’s Biblical responsibility regarding the use of wealth? Do you view the tithe (10% of income) as the Christian standard of giving to God’s work?
5. Do you submit to the government and discipline of the Church, and do you promise to study its purity and peace?
5.1 What do you believe you are doing when you make this promise? What is your understanding of church discipline? Are you willing to help your brothers and sisters in Christ by lovingly practicing Biblical discipline with them? Are you willing to quench divisiveness in your own life and in the lives of others?
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic* church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
*The word catholic means universal. The creed confesses to the unity of Jesus Christ’s church across the world and throughout the ages, regardless of denominational affiliation