Does Church Membership Really Matter?
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is,God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-20
We are naturally a member of the Church if we are followers of Jesus Christ. The Church is comprised of Christians from all over the world in past, present, and future. Scripture also teaches that a smaller local church exists, and that it is critical for Christians to be united in local churches to worship, grow, and share. Local church membership gives us a glimpse of what heaven will be like as we worship our Lord Jesus together. The local church also unites us together to share in our spiritual gifts to disciple each other and share the Gospel to the community. God did not design life to be lived in isolation. God designed us to function in two institutions: the family and the church. The church is nearly identical to the family, but the church family does not require us to be related.
For more information on church membership, refer to Dr. Thom Rainer’s book, I Am a Church Member, and sign-up for the next PS 101 class!