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Why Membership Matters

For many people membership sounds stiff and stuffy, something you have at your health club or the country club, but too formal for the church. Even if  we agreed that Christianity needs community and fellowship with other Christians, sometimes we shiver at the thought of officially joining a church and becoming a member. Why box the Holy Spirit into member/non-member categories?


Well, believe it or not, membership does matter. In addition to some very real benefits to membership (for example, only members can hold church office), here are a few good reasons why Christians should join a church.

 

  • In becoming a member of a church, you make visible your commitment to Christ and his people. You state before God and others that you are part of this local body of believers. 

  • Making a Church commitment makes a powerful statement in a low-commitment culture. Joining a church in our world today is a counter-cultural statement. It says “I am committed to this group of people and they are committed to me. I am here to give, more than get.”


  • Church membership keeps us accountable to each other. When we join a church we are offering ourselves to one another to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected, and served  (2 Timothy 4:2). We are placing ourselves under leaders and submitting to their authority (Heb. 13:17). We are saying, “I am here to stay and I want to help you grow in godliness. Will you help me to do the same?”

 

  • Joining the church will help your pastor and elders be more faithful shepherds. Hebrews 13:17 says “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.” That’s your part. Here’s ours: “They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.” We take seriously our responsibility before God to watch over your souls.

 

  • Joining the church gives you an opportunity to make promises. When you become a member at JP Church, you make promises to pray, give, serve, attend worship, accept the spiritual guidance of the church, obey its teachings, and first seek things of heaven (Matthew 6:33). We are not to make these promises lightly. If you don’t join the church, you may miss an opportunity to publicly make these promises, and in so doing, invite the elders and the rest of the body to hold you to these promises.

 

Think about why membership might matter more than you thought. And if you are looking to make a counter-cultural commitment and invite more accountability and responsibility into your life, why not join JP Church?


If you are interested in Church Membership or have questions, please contact Linda Worre at ldworre@yahoo.com



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