Connect, Grow, Serve, Go. What does it mean to connect with the local body of Christ, to be a “church member”? Membership begins with salvation. Eph. 2:1-10 teaches we are saved from eternal death to life (1-3, 5), saved in love and mercy (4), saved by grace (7-8a), saved through faith (8b) and saved to do good works, but not by our good works (8c-10).
Introduction to Church Membership. Just as a baby is born into both the human race and a local family, a Christian is born again into the universal church (Matt. 16:18) and also the local church (see Matt. 18:17). The Bible uses analogies of the church as a building (1 Cor. 3), a body (1 Cor. 12) and a bride (Rev. 21:2-3), showing how we all connect with Christ. He is the Foundation, the Head and the Husband.
Scriptures also show the church as a family (Rom. 8:15), a fellowship (1 Cor. 1:9) and a flock (Acts 20:28), analogies to show how we connect to each other, our fellow members.
I often say to others, “It’s important to go to church, but it’s even more important to go to heaven.” It is also important to be a member of the universal church, connecting with Christ in salvation, but it is also important to be a member of the local church, connecting with other believers.
To find more about how to Make Membership More Meaningful, click the above page headings, beginning with 1. Introduction.