Church membership part 1
What has been your experience with church membership? (None, good, bad, important, unimportant, never saw the value of it, etc.)
1) The church is Christ’s representative to the world/nations.
What do Matthew 16:18, 28:19-20, and 1 Timothy 3:15 say about the nature and purpose of Christ’s church in the world?
2) The church is the body of Christ. 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Rom. 12:4-5.
How does the fact that the church is the body of Christ distinguish it from other human organizations? Why is this significant?
3) Those who have been united to Christ by faith are members of his body. Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-13, 27; Eph. 4:16.
What does it mean to be a member of Christ’s body?
4) Members of Christ’s body connect with one another in local churches. Acts 2:41-47; 13:1; 14:23; 20:17, 28; Rom. 16:1, 4-5, 16.
It was assumed in the apostolic era that those who trusted in Christ participated in a local church, such as the church in Jerusalem, in Galatia, in Ephesus, in Thessalonica, or in Colossae, or in Rome or Corinth. Why is it so important that members of Christ’s “universal” body join with others in local churches?
In Acts 2:42 Luke says the believers devoted themselves to fellowship (Greek “koinonia”). The word refers to sharing, participation, what people have in common, or community. How does this word describe what is central to church membership?
5) Church members affirm one another’s faith in Christ. Believers are baptized: Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48; 16:15, 33; 19:5; Romans 6:4-5.
Since every New Testament believer was baptized, why is it common for there to be unbaptized Christians in our day? Why is baptism important for church membership?
Why must church members keep affirming salvation is through faith in Christ? Matt. 16:16-18; Eph. 4:4-5; Phil. 1:27; Jude 3.