WHY DO WE DO FORMAL MEMBERSHIP?
We recognize the need for formal membership for four reasons:
CHRIST IS COMMITTED TO THE CHURCH
“…Christ loved the church, and he gave his life for it.” – Ephesians 5:25
IT IS AN ANTIDOTE TO OUR SOCIETY
We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything…a job…a marriage…our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.
IT DEFINES WHO CAN BE COUNTED ON
Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Membership identifies our family.
IT PRODUCES SPIRITUAL GROWTH
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.