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Why Church Membership? Fellowship

We cannot be completely obedient to all of Scripture if we are not intentionally and covenantally pursuing deep fellowship with one another in general, but also inter-generationally with older and younger people.

In other words, in order to be obedient as Whole-Bible Christians, we must commit ourselves as a member of a local body so that we can practice intergenerational discipleship. This means, we must be pursuing the hard work of getting to know someone older and/or younger than us. Then and only then, are we able to obey many of the intergenerational commands in Scripture.

Further, to deny others the privilege and responsibility of pursuing fellowship with you (and others) can be a form of disobedience.

Leaving a church because “no one talks to me” simply shows that not only are the others at that church disobedient but so are you. One-anothering is a two way street.

Bible passages essential for us to understand and develop healthy relationships by knowing we are called to One Another:

3 replies on “Why Church Membership? Fellowship”

I’ve always understood scripture to mean that once you become a Christian, you become a member of the Body of Christ. You then should not forsake the gathering together of the body. You should regularly attend. However, formal membership of a local body by signing a form or making an oath is not a scriptural requirement. It seems that all of the benefits you describe above can come from regular church attendance without any need for a formal church membership. Is scripture incomplete in that it left out an important detail: formal church membership?

Good question. I have some other articles coming in the next few weeks which should help in the discussion.

Yes, Scripture does not explicitly state, “thou shalt be a part of local church body through formal church membership.”

With that said, though, when all of the reasons I (will) present are weighed, I cannot see how formal church membership is not the proper conclusion.

Stay tuned for the next few articles over the next few weeks. And thanks for taking the time to interact and comment!

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