Membership Reflects What the Church Is
Membership is a reflection of the community already existing in the body. Paul says we are a body. Can one part say to the other, “I’m not part of you”? No, it is already a part. But too often we live as if we are separated.
The Bible Teaches Covenant Community
There is no such thing in the New Testament as a church without some recognition of belonging, of membership in community.
People Need Church Membership
Individualist Christianity is a dangerous pursuit. We’re placed in the body. The Bible specifically says He has redeemed us. He has transferred us, Colossians 1 says, from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of the Son he loves. A kingdom has a king. The king has subjects and his kingdom has a community together where we function as God’s people.
God makes us a part of his larger family when we are born again. But then we should covenant in a local body and live in community with them, agreeing to live by certain established godly principles and standards.
Membership doesn’t save us. But it enables us to grow and become spiritually mature in Christ. Not only should we be members of the body, each of us should also be able to express the value of church membership and passionately embrace the biblical nature of it.