Church Membership

Church Membership Employs the Holy Spirit

Why is church membership important? One big reason is that it 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 …

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Church Membership Facilitates Church Growth

Church membership is important because it 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 …

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Church Membership Protects Us From Drifting Away from Christ

Why is church membership important? One reason is that it protects Christians from drifting away from Christ. (See the other reasons here.) 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 …

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Church Membership Enables Authentic Relationships

Does the formality of church membership work against authentic fellowship? It turns out formal commitment is the best route to authentic fellowship. We tend to think relationships lead to commitment, but it’s the other way around. Just like cohabiting before marriage leads to higher divorce rates, noncommittal church attendance leads to weak fellowship. The early …

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