Is Local Church Membership Biblical?

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Ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) is important — Jesus died for his Tribe, and he has promised to build it, use it and come back for it. The question of whether or not local church membership is biblical, or even helpful, is especially relevant given the cultural backdrop of modern-day believers. Our friends over at 9 Marks (a ministry we love and commend to you) spend a lot of time focusing on what healthy New Testament churches look like, and what biblical ecclesiology is. The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Matt Chandler hosted at 9 Marks on the issue church membership:

When you begin to look at these texts it becomes clear that God’s plan for his church is that we would belong to a local covenant community of faith. This is for our own protection and maturation, and for the good of others.

If you view church as some sort of ecclesiological buffet, then you severely limit the likelihood of your growing into maturity. … But when church is just a place you attend without ever joining, like an ecclesiological buffet, you just might consider whether you’re always leaving whenever your heart begins to be exposed by the Spirit, and the real work is beginning to happen.

Read the entire article here.

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