For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
As believers, attending church and more importantly, being included in the church membership, is very important for our spiritual growth. Church membership allows believers to assemble together to worship, be encouraged and learn more about God’s Word. According to Romans 12:5, the universal church is composed of all true believers in Christ, and local churches are to be a smaller part of the universal church. Church membership is biblical and important because it helps define the pastor’s responsibility. When you decide to join a church, you are voluntarily placing oneself under the spiritual authority of a pastor.
Here’s the reasons why church membership is important:
• Membership reflects what the church is – We are a part of Christ’s body, and we must live in vital union with him. Our conduct must be consistent with this living relationship. Strive to fulfill your role in the living church. (see Ephesians 4:11-13)
• The Bible teaches covenant community – Worship must be carried out properly and in an orderly manner. Everything we do to worship God should be done in a manner worthy of his high honor. Make sure worship is harmonious, useful and edifying to all believers. (see I Corinthians 3:7-9)
• People need church membership – Believers want to feel connected to the faith community, so they attend church. We must acknowledge Christ as our head and welcome the leaders of our local churches. We should live in constant contact and communication with God. When we do, we all will be unified with Christ and with one another. (see Colossians 3:16)
As you can see, church membership really does matter and should be taken seriously. It is important for people to commit to a local church where you can give of your resources, serve others and be accountable. Now, church membership doesn’t save us, but it enables us to grow and become spiritually mature in Christ.