Why membership matters?
If I attend church regularly then why should I become a member?
For the person who has chosen to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, membership in a local church is important for three essential reasons…
It is Biblical!
Collective and corporate worship is a vital part of spiritual life (Hebrews 10:24). Therefore a commitment to a local body of like-minded believers will ensure three benefits in your walk with Christ: 1) Your personal spiritual growth and the fulfillment of your Christian responsibility (Eph. 4:11-15); 2) Your personal accountability (Gal. 6:1-2); and 3) Your Christian productivity (I Cor. 12:1-31).
It is Theological!
The New Testament affirms that when a person makes a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ he is “baptized into one body” (1 Cor. 12:13). This figurative expression affirms that to be a Christian is to be an active member of Christ’s church. It is in the context of a local body (church) of believers that you exercise your spiritual gift, you receive biblical instruction, and you actively join with others to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).
It is Practical!
Your commitment to membership in a local church provides many practical benefits for you, your family, and your extended church family. Some of these benefits include: 1) The ability for us all to do more together than we could ever possibly do alone; 2) The confidence in knowing that you have found a place where you can meet new friends and develop meaningful relationships; and 3) The peace and assurance of having like-minded friends who will hold you accountable in your weaknesses, encourage you in your disappointments, and rejoice with you in your victories.