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Why is church membership important?

The universal Church—the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5)—is composed of all true believers in Christ. Nonbelievers aren’t part of the Body of Christ; therefore, it would seem that God keeps a “membership list” of who is in the Church. We see just such a list in Revelations 20:12, the Lamb’s book of life. If the universal Church has a “membership roll” in heaven, it would be appropriate for local churches to maintain a list of members on earth.

“And the Lord added to them day by day those that were being saved” (Acts 2:47). This verse indicates that salvation is a prerequisite for being “added” to the church. Churches today who require salvation before membership are simply following the Biblical model.  See also 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

Membership in the local church is strongly implied in Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians to “put away from among yourselves that wicked person” (1 Corinthians 5:13).

The preceding verse speaks of those “without” and “within” the local church. Such language is meaningless without a clearly defined group of members.

Why is church membership important? Church membership is a way of officially identifying yourself with a local body of believers. Church membership is a statement that you are in agreement with that local church and are a representative of it.

 

We want to…

Help YOU Belong:
In order to belong to the Church you have to come to the foot of the cross and be saved, baptized and then added to the church. (Acts 2:41-47) If you had not asked Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior, one Biblically is only an attender but not spiritually part of the local chruch. We desire that for you! Your next step would be to jump in to one of our many NEXT STEPS classes offered throughout the year.
Help YOU Connect:
We believe life-change happens in a small group. This is where you will grow with other people in your approximate age group and stage of life. If Jesus had a small group we need one to!
Help YOU Serve:
It takes team-work to make the dream-work! At TCB, many volunteers make things happen, which brings life-change to others.
Help YOU Bring:
Changed lives change lives! Invest in and invite people on the journey with you.
Help YOU Worship:
Your life should honor God because of everything he has done for you in all areas of your life. (John 4:24)

 

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” – Eph 4:15

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