Part of our calling as the family of Christ is to hold membership in a local church. This membership involves commitment to worship the Lord corporately, edifying brothers and sisters through mutual exhortation and service, cooperation in mission, and holding each other accountable to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
The nature of Christian fellowship and the images the Bible uses to speak about the church call for church membership.
Is church membership optional? This article discusses reasons for joining a church, and the blessings that result from church membership. It makes clear that membership is not optional, but a necessity.
This article provides some reasons why Christians need to be members of a church.
Why should Christians go to church? This article explains.
Who needs the local church when I can access sermons online? This article gets to the heart of the problem of thinking one does not need membership in the church. The church is the bride of Christ, and its very foundation is built upon the triune God. The Lord Jesus calls us to unity, which requires self-sacrifice.
The emphasis on ecumenism, the culture of subjectivism, and consumerism have had a great impact on church membership. These have brought in a divorce between membership and the church, where people no longer value loyalty to a church. This should not be. Biblically, being a Christian and being a member of the church are related concepts; one cannot be without the other.