Why Church Membership?

A popular mindset today is to pick and choose what suits you best. The paradigm has shifted in many churches from the cost of commitment to the choices of comfort. The Bible says, “We are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them…therefore, walk worthy of the calling you have received…For He has personally given some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry to build up the body of Christ until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness.” (Eph. 2:10; 4:1; 4:10)
People outside the church bubble are not waking up on Sunday morning hoping to find a church they can help make successful. If they do come to church, they are looking for a platform to run their lives on. They are not interested in creating institutional success.
Membership is a privilege. What has developed in the last 20 years in church life is the concept of customer service in church. We expect and demand to be treated as consumers. “If you want my patronage, you had better cater to my needs.” What has happened is the member has become the customer to whom the product has been tailored.
We were created to join God on a mission. Some people think of God as hanging around beyond the edges of the universe somewhere, listening to really good worship music. The Bible teaches us something very different. God is at work 24/7 all over the world (just check out http://www.greatcommission2020.com/).God is filling His followers with grace and mercy and power to reclaim and redeem this broken planet.
It’s as if God has work gloves on, and He calls us to roll up our sleeves and join Him with our talents, our money, and our passion. He wants His mission to become our mission. Every local church goer has a choice to make. He can park in his usual spot in the church parking lot, make his way to a comfortable seat in a favorite row, watch a good service, chat with friends, and then go home. That choice makes for a nice, safe Sunday morning experience. Or he can throw himself into an adventure by rolling up his sleeves, joining a team of like-minded servants, and helping to build the local church God has called him to be a part of.

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