Why Church Membership?
Leaders need to define reality.
Christianity has been the dominant religion of US 400-1960s.
8-12% would now identify themselves as Christian, and continuing to shrink.
We became lazy in making disciples.
We ceased reaching out because we thought it was unnecessary.
In comes the Church growth movement, with a consumer based church. These only appealed to people already in the Church, and led to the creation of mega-churches.
Church membership has become only joining a church because it has what we want.
Do we join a church to serve other or ourselves?
We need to be a church that goes out to others.
God is calling us to live for more.
He wants us to live radically for him.
WE NOW LIVE IN A POSR CHRISTIAN DON WORLD
The gospel has still not changed.
WHO IS THE CHURCH???
The church is a people, not a thing.
God sent Jesus to redeem a people.
We are a people redeemed by God to bring him glory.
His specific to purpose csn not be achieved by individuals alone.
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE GODS PURPOSES ALONE
The letters were written to specific people in specific places.
How can pastors shepherd if there is no church.
Comitting to membership is necessary for sacraments, such as baptism and communion. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER, AND SIT AT THE SAME TABLE. We have to be committed to one another to take oart in these sacraments.
The local churchbis where believers father together to hear the word preached. The local churchbis where god word is applied as a body.
The christian life is meant to be lived together.
WE ARE A PEOPLE SENT BY GOD MEANT TO GATHER A PEOPLE TO HIMSELF
Limiting the riches of the church to ourselves doesn't make any sense. It is meanr to be shared with others, and displayed. When we limit it to ourselves, we do not display God and glorify him.
Many of us have been training but feel weak in the ring.
We have enjoyed the blissful ignorance of the Christian bubble too long.
WE NEED TO STEP IN THE RING
THE OUTCOME IS SECURE AND THE BATTLE IS ALREADY WON
This church body does not exist to provide a consumer product. This church exists to fill the earth with the glory of Christ!
The church is called to be a counter cultural people livung in the midst of culture.
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