Benefits of Becoming a Member
Why Become a Member of a Church?
While church membership does not automatically make you a Christian, it is essential for those who have been saved. Having brothers and sisters around us who can encourage and pray for us is central to a healthy Christian.
Biblical Basis for Church Membership
The Bible is clear that involvement in, and commitment to, a local church are essential for Christians. Throughout the New Testament, the pattern of the Christians is to meet in local congregations (e.g. Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 3:15). At some points we are commanded to do so (e.g. Hebrews 10:25). Having said that, it is true that the Bible nowhere requires membership of a church. In fact, in Biblical times there was no such thing. However, the Biblical principle is that the church is a family and a unit. Church membership is a way of becoming involved in the church and in demonstrating a commitment to the church.