Why Membership Matters

American Express made the slogan famous: “Membership has its privileges.”

But what about membership in a local church? Is it just a matter of tradition? Is it a Biblical idea? Does it really matter? If so, what does it look like?

Using the New Testament, this sermon explores membership from three angles:

Membership: What It Means

  1. Member: a distinct part of a whole (1 Cor 12:12,14,19-20).
  2. Fellowship: joint participation, partnership, contribution (1 John 1:3-7).
  3. Submission: following the lead and responding to the care of another (Heb 13:17).

Membership: What It Says

  1. “I want to belong” (Acts 9:26).
  2. “I want to participate” (1 Cor 12:21-26).
  3. “I’m willing to hold others and be held accountable” (1 Cor 12:27).

Membership: Why It Matters

  1. I need to be a part of something larger than myself (Titus 2:1-10).
  2. I was created in Christ Jesus for work (Eph 2:10).
  3. We can do so much more together than alone (Acts 2:42-47).
  4. I need accountability (Rom 12:9-21).

This sermon was delivered on March 18, 2012.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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