BEFORE INVESTING TIME, TALENT, OR TREASURE INTO ANYTHING, YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU ARE INVESTING IN

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” – Ephesians 2:19


SHOULD YOU JOIN A LOCAL CHURCH?

Most Christians know they should probably go to church, or even that they are the church, after all, the first Christians were devoted to getting together (Acts 2:42).  Furthermore, the book of Hebrews tells us that we are not to be, “neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25). Most Christians understand that its important to go to church, but often ask why do I need to be member and where is that in the Bible? Well, the honest answer is that church membership is nowhere commanded, but everywhere implied. In fact, there are several New Testament commands that can’t be obeyed unless you join a church.


IF YOU DON’T JOIN A CHURCH

 

YOU CAN'T OBEY YOUR LEADERS

In the book of Hebrews, the author says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account.” (Hebrews 13:17). If you don’t join a church, how do you know who your leaders are? Are they the leaders of the churches nearest to your house? Are they the leaders of the last church you attended? Additionally a group of leaders is supposed to be watching over your soul. Which leaders are those? You might watch your favourite internet preacher, but he cannot faithfully watch over you.

The Bible wants you to be in a relationship with one local church where you know the leaders and the leaders can know you. That can’t happen unless you commit to a local church.

 

YOU CAN'T BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY A CONGREGATION

Now, you might be thinking, who wants to held accountable by a congregation? We all should! That is what Jesus desires for us. In Matthew 18, Jesus gives us a look at what church life should look like, and one of the things he shows us is that the church is characterized by loving accountability. He tells us that when someone sins against us, we should confront them in love, when they keep sinning we should keep pursuing, and when they refuse to listen, he says, “tell it to the church” (Matthew 18:17). In our individualistic age, that may initially sound terrible, but when you have come to see how prone you are to wander from Jesus, it is a wonderful gift to have a church that would lovingly come after you. If you ever wandered from the Lord, which church would care for your soul? If you ever had to pursue another Christian, which church would you eventually tell? If you can’t answer these questions, you probably need to join a church.


WHY MEMBERSHIP?

 

CULTURAL REASONS

Furthermore, there is a cultural reason to becoming a member. Membership is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything—a job, a marriage, a family, friends. This attitude has in many respects produced a generation of “church shoppers and hoppers”. Membership swims against the current of North America’s “consumer religion”. Membership is an unselfish decision and one that builds character. 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Lastly, and very practically, it defines who can be counted on. We all know that every team has a roster, every school has an enrolment, every business has a payroll. Even our country takes a church body by ensuring those who serve in key ministry areas understand the values, beliefs, and vision of the church.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:8-10)


WHAT IS MEMBERSHIP?

The Shore Church holds its members in high regard. Members function as the primary missionaries of the gospel to the culture. As members, we rely on each other to meet most of the needs within the church. We call this “every-member ministry” because every Christian really is a minister of the gospel.

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:3-8)


HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

1. Sign up for the next Members Class. 

2. Pick up a copy of the short book “Church Membership” by Jonathan Leeman at the at the Welcome Centre two weeks before the members class and please have it read by the next Members Class. 

3. Complete the class and fill out the member covenant.

4. After signing The Shore Church Member Covenant, you will be contacted by one of the pastors for prayer and welcoming.


MEMBERS CLASS

The Members Class answers 3 questions:

NEXT MEMBERS CLASS 

Date: January 22nd, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: The Shore Church Hub #401 – 106 W 1st St North Vancouver
Registration: Coming Soon


 

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