Knowledge. Contrary to what some of us may think, knowledge is not the most important criterion for membership in a Reformed or Reforming Church. Credible profession of faith in Christ together with a sincere desire to be a part of the existing body of believers are the basic criteria for communicant membership in the church. However, knowledge is an important factor in the enjoyment of church life as a member of the church. In particular, we must seek to improve our knowledge in these areas: First, we must cultivate our knowledge of Christ the head of the church (cf. 1 Jn 2:3). Secondly, we must seek to know the Scriptures and the confessional doctrine of the church as presented in the adopted creeds. Third, we must make efforts to get to know the officers (elders and deacons) and members of the church.
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