Membership

Despite all of our issues, the church is the apple of God’s eye—His Bride.  And he is committed to her, ugly or not.  So we should be too.  Scripture tells us that the church is necessary for having fellowship (Acts 2:42), encouragement (Hebrews 3:13), and accountability (2 Timothy 4:2) among the covenant community (Philippians 3:3); reading Scripture in public (1 Timothy 4:13); teaching the word of Christ (Colossians 3:16); praying (Acts 2:42); praising God (1 Peter 2:9); singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16); baptizing (Matthew 28:19); breaking bread (1 Corinthians 11:23); and making disciples (Matthew 28:19).

Those who attend church without becoming members can take part in some of the benefits of the church, but not all.  The local churches throughout the New Testament were well-organized.  Christians belonged to specific churches (Romans 16:1-16), and these churches kept track of how many joined (Acts 2:37-47).  Churches held elections to choose which members should serve in different positions (Acts 6:1-6), and the leading body of each church disciplined and cared for its flock (1 Corinthians 5:1-12, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Peter 5:1-5, Acts 20:29-30).  Christians grow in their walk with Christ as they live in membership in the Church—His Bride.

What is church membership, and why is it important?  Take a look at the following documents and find out why College Baptist thinks it's essential to find a church home.  Contact any of the Elders if you'd like to talk more about joining CBC.
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Elizabeth Burke,
Jan 31, 2014, 9:09 AM
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