Why do I need to be a member? What is the purpose of taking a class to become a member? What am I committing to? These are all important questions and when it comes to church membership many people are skeptical.

When it comes to church membership, you may have some hesitations on what that actually means.  I hear all types of reasons people do not want to become members, such as:

“I come here all the time, why do I need to be a member?”

“I’m not ready to commit”

“It is not biblical and it causes segregation” and my personal favorite

“I am already a believer, so I don’t see why I have to be a member in this church”

But rarely do we ever hear the positive side of church membership.  I believe this is due to a large misunderstanding.

Let me explain how we view membership here at JeffStreet.

When someone truly accepts Christ as their personal savior and is baptized, they become a part of the Body of Christ, which is all believers who work together to help each other out and spread the Gospel. We call this the Church with a capital C, or the Family, or Body of Christ.

 

The phrase “the Body of Christ” is a common New Testament metaphor for the Church (all those who are truly saved). The Church is called “one body in Christ.” In Romans  12:5, we read, “so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
In 1 Corinthians 10:17, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

1 Corinthians 12:27 says “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

So we see that membership is not a country club, or a gym where you get special access. Nor is it a separation from the rest of believers.

When we say church with a lower case c, we are talking about a small gathering of believers, or, the Body of Christ, who meet to worship God together, to help each other out and to use the gifts and talents that God has blessed them with while inviting others to join the Body of Christ.

When you become a member of JeffStreet you are working together with the Body to accomplish what God is doing here. It is a way of saying “I commit myself to this small Body of Christ, to serve, receive, and give of both my time and finances”.

Could you do this without becoming a member of JeffStreet? Sure.

But membership is a way of declaring commitment and accountability in our spiritual family. We can trust in you and you in us. This opens the doors for us to hold each other accountable and to voice ourselves and be heard.

In Philippians 1:5 Paul wrote, “I thank my God for your partnership in the Gospel.” He knew Philippi’s committed people were what caused the church to succeed. Throughout the Bible, believers were identified with a local church whether in Corinth, Ephesus, Colossae, or other cities. One of the major themes of the Bible is commitment and there is no better way to commit than becoming a member of a church.

For more information about how to become a member here at JeffStreet, please contact the office. Michael, our senior pastor, or I would love to talk to you more and answer any questions you may have.

Because we want every individual who walks through our doors to know and grow in Christ, we have designed a class series called Next Steps. Next Steps gives you the opportunity to learn not only about our beliefs, but also about how to prepare for your Christian walk.

Thank you and I pray God blesses you in your relationship with Him.

Mario Gurule
Minister of Involvement and Small Groups
217-732-9294