Recently several persons have asked me questions about church membership. Why would anyone want to be a church member anyway? The essential answer is—it’s God’s will for all people who belong to Christ. It’s really that simple.
Romans 12:5 says: “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” (NRSV) So, if indeed we are in Christ, we are members of His body, the church. That’s pretty straightforward.
Ephesians 2:19 says: “And so you are no longer called outcasts and wanderers but citizens with God’s people, members of God’s holy family, and residents of His household. (VOICE) If you are one of God’s people, you are a member of God’s holy family, the church. Again, pretty clear.
Bottom line—being a church member identifies you as a genuine follower of Christ.
Well, what if you think of yourself as a Christ-follower, but the fact that it’s God’s will that all believers in Jesus be church members isn’t enough for you? Your thinking is—what do you get out of the deal? Well, if you care about Journey Church, and you want to have a say in key decisions of the church, then you would want to be a member because only members get a vote on those things.
Suppose you think that becoming a member is too much like signing a formal contract. In Journey’s 101 Class this past Sunday, someone asked if they needed to sign their signature on their membership information form (the answer was “no”). Becoming a church member is not a legal contract; it’s a spiritual covenant. Biblically, a covenant is a commitment, a pledge, a promise to seek daily to live more and more God’s way. No contract could ever control that. It’s a matter of the heart.
Well, what if you don’t feel as if you’re good enough to become a church member? Welcome to the club! None of us is good enough to be a part of the body of Christ. It’s simply God’s gift of grace to us.
If you’d like to take the step of faith and become a member of Journey Church, you may participate in our next 101 Class on either November 3 or 4. What are you waiting for? Become a part of God’s family and Journey’s family!