Church membership

Hearts Revealed

Once in a while I like to read The Message paraphrase of the Bible. These verses jumped out at me: “It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat …

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Skinny Cows

Last fall Christianity Today published an article called “Here Come the Skinny Cows.” The authors present several cautions as well as valuable reminders as they look at trends in the church and culture. However, I admit I struggle with their concluding assessment, “To position our churches for long-term sustainability we must avoid unnecessary fears and …

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Fellowship: A Central Part to Being a Christian

What would it look like if we as individuals and a church were perfectly devoted to fellowship? What would it be like if we were perfectly devoted to our shared participation in the Christian life? Compared to what we see now, what would be different? What if church relationships and endeavors always won the rock-paper-scissors …

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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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