God intends for His churches to be the primary context for the display of His glory and growth of His people.
(If you want more information on that statement … read the book of Ephesians)
But, how does being a part of a local church produce spiritual growth in individuals, and how do individuals contribute to the growth and health of the whole body?
This is the significance and intent of what is known as church membership.
Now, be very careful … when you think of church membership, do not to let Sam’s Club, LA Fitness, or AAA hijack your understanding. In the New Testament, the terminology of membership is not about a loyalty program in a certain club. Paul used the term in reference to body parts.
But, if we understand membership in terms of a mutually recognized, vital relationship that is committed to helping each other stay faithful to Jesus for the sake of His reputation in this world, then a healthy church member will embrace that biblical reality and commit to the privileges, responsibilities, and expectations of a member.
What Is a Healthy Church Member? takes its cue from the book What Is a Healthy Church? In this book, pastor and author Thabiti Anyabwile seeks to explore what a healthy church member should be in the light of Scripture.
This Fall, we are encouraging each member of LBC to get a copy of this book and read through it. It will be most helpful if you’ll read through it with other members of the church and discuss it together.
You can get a copy of the book (hardcover or Kindle) through Amazon.
Maybe you are not a member of a church, but you are curious about what that means from a Biblical perspective. You can learn more of what the Bible says about the local church, church membership, and what it means for you in our Church Basics class.