The Meaning of Church Membership





God is a God of order. He has a plan for every saved person, and the church is in the center of God’s plan for Christians; but, it is remarkable how many people claim to be saved by the grace of God through Christ yet in the same breath say that they do not have to go to church to be a good Christian. They certainly didn’t read that in the Bible. The Bible tells us that Jesus built the church Himself, and if He thought we needed it and built it for us, we ought to trust His wisdom and judgment and work and worship Him through His church as He desires. The Bible says He loves us, the church. Should your love be any less? If the church is that dear to the heart of our Savior, shouldn’t you support it faithfully with your attendance, tithe and prayers?
Christ died for the church (Eph. 5:25), and that alone should change the attitude of those who feel that church attendance is not important. Furthermore, Christ is the Head of the church (Eph. 1:22). If the Lord Himself is the Head, is it not worthwhile to be a part of it? Today we live in the church age and God expects and commands all Christians to worship and serve Him through a New Testament church. Furthermore, God has a plan for those who have been saved to help them live amidst this world of sin and temptations that we face while on this earth, and in the center of this plan for each Christian is the Church.
As Christians, we should be obedient to the Lord’s command to follow Him in baptism and become a member of His church.  However, every church member should know the seriousness and sacredness of church membership. It is surprising the number of people who hold a church membership without realizing their privileges and opportunities or accepting their obligations.
The church was built by Christ during His personal ministry and He alone is its Head (Mt. 16:18; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18). He promised perpetuity to it and said that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Mt. 16:18; 28:20). He gave it the commission and the ordinances and died for it upon the cross (Mt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Eph. 5:25). Christ loved the church and desires His churches to honor and glorify Him as His representatives on the earth (Eph. 5:25-27; 3:21). The greatest task ever assigned to any individual or group in the world’s history, the task of carrying the glorious gospel of Christ the Savior to the whole world, belongs to the Lord’s churches. The Great Commission is unique in that no other commission like it has ever been given or ever will be given. We see then that the great privilege of church membership offers an opportunity for Christian growth and development and training through the church; and an opportunity for Christian service through the work of the church in its evangelistic program both to those at home and around the world on the mission fields. Membership also places upon us inescapable obligations: an obligation to make our church and its work first in our lives; and obligation to use our time and our talents for the glory of God; an obligation to the work of the church with our presence, our talents, our influence and our means. Churches are never stronger than their membership and a membership of worldly, careless, negligent, stunted Christians will prevent a church from accomplishing much for the Lord each of us is obligated to be the very best member possible under the leading of the Lord.
We must subject our conduct in accordance to Gods Holy Word by refraining from embarrassing, or disgracing Jesus Christ, or His Church.  We agree to support our respectfully, financially, physically, and prayerfully as well as through our regular attendance. We believe that God has called us each according to our talents and gifts, and it is our love for Him that gives us the desire to use our talents and gifts for Him, striving daily to become more Christ like.

Matt. 6:33 But seek ye First the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.