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
YOU CAN'T BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY A CONGREGATION
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.
The Members Class answers 3 questions:
- Who is The Shore Church?
- What do we believe?
- Where are we going?
NEXT MEMBERS CLASS