The Importance of Church Membership

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From a biblical perspective, and a personal one, it is imperative that believer’s be a part of a local congregation. The Bible affirms this as the local church is the body of Christ and as Christians are spurred on to be in constant fellowship with one another. Last night at our monthly deacons meeting, Pastor John H. Innabnit passed out a hand out entitled 40 Reasons To Be Part Of A Local Church. Below you will find its contents and I hope that you take the time to read it and see the biblical importance of being a member of a biblical church.

40 Reasons To Be Part Of A Local Church

by Jesse Johnson

Is it possible to live a faithful Christian life without being a faithful part of a local church? I’ve heard many people make the argument that it is indeed possible – especially if there are no good churches around. I disagree.

At the bare minimum, there are forty different commands in the New Testament to live a life in some sense with other believers. While certainly it is possible to do some of these with Christians in general, the weight of this list should convince you of the necessity of having ongoing relationships with other believers.

And those relationships are only strengthened by the fellowship of the local church. In fact, I submit that some of this list is simply impossible to obey if you do not have the kind of ongoing and ever increasing fellowship with other believers that only comes through ministry in a local church:

1. Stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24)

2. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

3. Build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

4. Be of the same mind as one another (Romans 12:13, 15:5)

5. Comfort one another in the face of death (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

6. Employ your spiritual gifts in serving one another (1 Peter 4:10)

7. Pray for one another (James 5:16)

8. Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)

9. Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50)

10. Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

11. Greet one another (2 Corinthians 13:12)

12. Don’t become boastful in challenging one another (Galatians 5:26)

13. Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

14. Abound in love for one another (1 Peter 1:22)

15. Live in peace with one another (1 Thessalonians 5:13)

16. Love one another (2 John 5)

17. Fervently love one another (1 Peter 1:22)

18. Have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)

19. Don’t judge one another (Romans 14:13)

20. Take communion (the Lord’s Table) with one another (1 Corinthians 11:33)

21. Accept one another (Romans 15:7)

22. Regard one another as more important than yourself (Philippians 2:3)

23. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

24. Admonish one another (Romans 15:14)

25. Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

26. Do not lie to one another (Colossians 3:13)

27. Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)

28. Forgive one another (Colossians 3:13)

29. Teach and admonish one another (Romans 15:14)

30. Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)

31. Cloth yourselves with humility toward one another (1 Peter 5:5)

32. Be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9)

33. Do not complain against one another (James 5:9)

34. Show forbearance to one another (Ephesians 4:2)

35. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)

36. Give preference to one another (Ephesians 4:2)

37. Don’t bite and devour one another (Galatians 5:15)

38. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

39. Seek the good of one another (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

40. Don’t forsake the assembling with one another (Hebrews 10:25)

That last one brings the whole list full circle. If being a Christians means nothing more than making a decision about Jesus Christ, then none of this matters. But if being a Christians means stepping into a life altering world, where God desires your sanctification and gives you the means to grow and the commands to follow, then it is simply impossible to do that outside of the context of a local church. 

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