Benefits of Church Membership
This article explores 3 benefits of membership with East North Church. We hope to provide you with a few good reasons to take the next steps and work through our Membership Process. We believe you belong here, and hope that you’ll consider pursuing membership with us. Check out our membership process online and consider attending the dinner conversation on membership planned for May 28th.
1. Membership is Biblical (Romans 12:4-5; Acts 20:28-29; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-5)
Because of the gospel of Jesus, we are invited into actively participate with God’s family. Jesus gave his life individually so we could share in His life communally. What kind of family relationship would it be where the members of that family don’t know one another or encourage one another, don’t care for one another, or don’t interact with one another? In Romans, Paul specifically taught that life with Jesus means we are now members working together, like parts of a body. He describes Christians as dependent on the head, who is Jesus, and equally interdependent on the unique gifts within each member of the body. There is no encouragement or direction to move away from interaction and partnership with other Christians in Scripture. Everything we see in the Bible encourages and directs us to move towards intentional and defined relationships with one another. Church membership is a catalyst towards this healthy direction.
Membership is Beneficial (John 13:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Galatians 6:2)
God declared in Genesis that “it is not good for man to be alone.” In contrast, it is good to be in relationships together that encourage our faith. This is why the author of Hebrews encouraged regular gathering together for encouragement in the faith (Hebrews 10:11-12). We all enjoy alone time every now and then, but we also notice we need and benefit from others in our life. Any study on human nature will confirm the universal need and benefit from community with like minded and diversified people. Jesus warned us that our hearts can “love darkness rather than light.” Avoiding intentional relationships with others is a form of spiritual darkness that we are tempted to run towards, but it is simply not helpful or beneficial. More than just a personal benefit, membership with a local church provides a positive impact on the community as a whole as our love for one another serves as a powerful apologetic for the gospel.
Membership is Blessed (Hebrews 10:24-25; Romans 12:10; Galatians 6:9-10)
One person loved by God and experiencing that love in overflow towards others is a good thing, but a unified community of people being loved by God and sharing that love towards others is a force to be reckoned with. Nothing is more beautiful and inspiring to observe than when a group of Christ followers joins together in love and on mission to bring the relief and joy of the gospel into someone else’s life. Becoming a member clarifies what it means to be loved by God and what it means to live in that love as we share that love with others. Membership enables a grace/mercy/love infused blessing to those who do not yet know the goodness of the gospel.
There are obviously other good reasons to pursue membership, but these three sum up the heart of the matter at East North Church. In becoming a member, you’ll be invited into the ongoing formation of a gospel-centered, community-oriented, and mission-driven culture that seeks to discover, demonstrate and declare the good news of Jesus in all that we do. We simply can’t pull that off without you!
If you are ready to process the next step, go listen to the audio on membership then plan to attend our upcoming membership exploration dinner on Sunday, May 28th, from 6:30-8:30pm. This time will include a meal and an introduction to our Membership handbook. You’ll be given the opportunity to read through the handbook on your own. As you do this, we encourage you to write down any questions you might encounter and pursue answers with a community group leader. When you’re ready to become a member, you’ll let a community group leader know and he or she will help confirm your membership with the church.