Is there a difference between ATTENDING a church regularly and JOINING a church? I believe there is. Absolutely. Is there a difference between going with someone and marrying them? Absolutely. The difference is vast and vital and valuable.
Church is thoroughly biblical. We live in a world of evangelicalism where church is downgraded, devalued and downplayed. Shame on us. Many modern Christians are spectators of Christianity rather than participants.
- They get their teaching from their favourite Christian celebrity through their iPad or from Christian events
- They find worship communicated to them through Christian media.
- They bounce from event to event, from website to website.
- They don’t want regular commitment or accountability.
- They ignore the ordinances of communion and baptism despite the clear command of God to do so.
- They do not want to be accountable or disciplined or challenged.
- They want the church to be there when they need it but they consider the latest Christian “big thing” as far more valuable than the faithful local church pastor who is trying to build the church in his locality
Here are a few (just a few) of the many, many benefits from church membership.
- Learn to live with other believers in community
- Learn how to handle conflict in a biblical way
- Find opportunities to serve and exercise gifts
- Avail of the ordinances of baptism and membership
- Have people to hold you accountable
- Learn to be faithful, disciplined
- Be part of a spiritual family
- Receive spiritual benefit from others
- Have authority figures in your life
- Have spiritual caretakers
- Receive solid teaching in a crazy world
Do you want to be known as a Christian? A member of the body? A fellow believer with others?
Get into membership – you cant just keep on “going out” for ever