I was recently asked, “How many people are in your church?” The question was simple enough, yet I hesitated in answering. What would I communicate with my answer? What exactly constitutes “church membership?”
For many, church membership involves little more than placing your name on a roll. For others, church membership is a statement that signifies much, much more.
The Bible never mentions church membership in the way we typically use the phrase. Believers didn’t join a church like we might join the Lions, Rotary, or Kiwanis Clubs. They didn’t join the church like we join the Chamber of Commerce with an annual dues.
Church membership, as described in the New Testament, involves personal identification as a follower of Christ, personal connection with like-minded Christians, and personal involvement in fulfillment of the Great Commission.
I challenge all who identify as members of Alsbury Baptist Church to consider if Scripture would affirm the claim.
Are you personally connected to the Lord Jesus?
Do you strive to live under his authority and with a commitment to follow his guidance?
Are you personally connected to others within the community of faith?
Do you strive to share life with others as we grow together as the Body of Christ?
Are you personally engaged in our ministry?
Do you contribute your resources, gifts, and talents in a shared commitment to take the message of Jesus throughout the world?
Reflect over each of these questions. Honestly analyze your personal identification as both a follower of Christ and a member of our local expression of the Body of Christ.
I thank God for each of you who make up this amazing community called Alsbury Baptist Church. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, or sometime very soon.