Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Church Membership: Does It Matter Today?

For many people, the answer to this question is no. Many today do not consider church membership to be a significant issue. If this is you, I would encourage careful consideration of this excellent article by Thabiti Anyabwile. Here's the intro:

There's a new debate among today's Christians. Does the New Testament require, suggest, even hint at local church membership? Are Christians required to belong to a local church, or is it an option? And what does such belonging entail?

The New Testament knows nothing of a creature reborn through faith in Christ, baptized in identification with Christ, communing with Christ at His table, and not a member of a visible, local, identifiable congregation of other born-again baptized believers.

For more on the importance of church membership, listen to or read a message from John Piper here.

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I am a husband to Eva, father of 4, pastor, and most of all passionate follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of my life is to make the most of every opportunity God gives me to bring glory to Him. Outside of the time spent in my role as a pastor, I spend most of my time with my family -- a good deal of that coaching various sports teams that my children are involved with. Every fall and winter you will find me rushing to the woods of Indiana and West Virginia in search of a monster whitetail buck.