Church Membership

Acts 2:41-42

As we look back to the beginning of the New Testament Church we find that after Peterís sermon at Pentecost about 3,000 were added to the disciples, of whom there were about 120. "They that gladly received his word were baptized." These converts proved the genuine nature of their repentance and faith first by obedience to the Lordís command of baptism, and then by steadfast continuation in four basic areas of the Christian life:

These features might be regarded as the ordinary activities by which church member-ship is sustained. Steadfast continuation in right doctrine, spiritual fellowship, attending the Lordís table, and the prayer meetings should be regarded as normal and binding upon every church member.

This is not only supported by the example of the early Christians but by the exhortations of the apostles (Heb. 10: 24, 25) and elsewhere in the New Testament (Acts 20: 16-32; Rev. 2 and 3; Eph. 4: 1-16).

The Importance of Church Membership

I. There are some who question the validity of church membership.

II. Consequences of Not Being Obedient in Church Membership.

III. Maintaining An Active Membership.

Speaking generally, five groups of people constitute the average congregation.

There is no such thing as a perfect church, for there are no such things as perfect Christians. It is well to remember, therefore, that in joining a church a believer is not to think in terms of what might receive, but rather of what they might contribute. Where do you fit in?