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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