We have many people who worship with us for years before they decide to “join” the church. These people work and serve faithfully in responsible positions on the same basis as members except that they cannot hold an ordained office (such as elder or deacon) or vote in congregational meetings. Membership is not required to be an integral part of our church family.
So, what does it mean to be a member?
Church membership is, in a sense, like the difference between being married and living together. People can live together for many years. But marriage says, “I am committed to being here. When something happens that I don’t like, I’m not going to just leave. I’m going to stay here and work it through.” This kind of commitment is what God looks for from us in our relationships - for it is the commitment He has demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ. The other important part of membership is that it is a public statement before the world of our faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “The person who confesses Me before the world, I will confess before my Father in Heaven, but the one who denies Me before the world, I will deny before my Father in Heaven.”(Matthew 10:32) A good question to ask ourselves in this regard is: “If being a Christian were against the law, would there be enough evidence to convict me?” Church membership is a great way to make a public proclamation of our personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
For more information, talk to Pastor Mike Harbert.