This article is a historical study of how the New England church in America dealt with issues like the determining of membership after a person or persons came forward as converts. There were a set of rules and procedures that had to be laid down at that time to determine whether one was genuinely a member of Christ's body or not.
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.
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.