Matt Broadway

Further Thoughts on Ephesians 3:14-19

Preaching from Ephesians 3:14-19 made me want a tangible experience of its blessings (see “Ephesians 3:14-19 // Expanding Our Vision for Christian Life“). I want to feel the Father strengthening me with power. I want to sense Christ dwelling in my heart. I want the emotions that I imagine correlate with being filled with all …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Become a Church Member – Reason #6

Church Membership Employs the Holy Spirit I once developed some teaching materials based in 1 Corinthians 12 about the spiritual gifts. At the end of each lesson, I wanted to point the students toward something practical they could do in discerning their unique spiritual giftedness. After the first three of these lessons, a clear pattern …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Become a Church Member – Reason #5

Church Membership Facilitates Church Growth One reason church membership may seem unimportant is that we have forgotten the responsibility each Christian has for building up the church. Ephesians 4:11-12 corrects this. “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Become a Church Member – Reason #4

Church Membership Empowers Pastoral Ministry Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them.” But how can a Christian know who his leaders are? It was probably easy to tell in the early church where there was one primary group of Christians in each city with one team of elders. But in the modern …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Become a Church Member – Reason #3

Church Membership Protects Us from Drifting Away from Christ God warns us: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12). How can we guard against this? “But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called …

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