What an encouragement the last few months have been as many brothers and sisters in Christ have joined our church in membership. You may be curious as to why anyone would join a church. Or perhaps you recognize some of the confusion surrounding the motivation for becoming a member at a church.
Of the many biblical reasons for church membership, Hebrews 10:24–25 is perhaps the most compelling. The encouragement that is both given and received in the local church is essential to our growth. God designed the church to be a source of accountability to persevere in our faith. Our new members know this and recognize that they are joining a church where the members take seriously the responsibility to love, encourage, and edify one another until Christ returns. Listen to the testimony from one of our newest members.
When I look back at my life before becoming a member at Grace Church, it is like looking at a tree with no fruit. My wife and I had a zeal for God’s Word but had no guidance or interaction with other believers. We now see how this stunted our growth and maturity as Christians. Since attending Grace, we have learned that the idea that you can be a Christian and not be a member of a local church is foreign to the New Testament.
Becoming members of Grace Church has blessed me and my wife tremendously. It holds us accountable, sanctifies us, and enables us to be active members in the body of Christ. The loving friendships we have made are rich and genuine. We can pray with our friends and bear struggles with one another. We have a pastor who knows us by name and cares for us. We feel more confident in sharing the gospel with friends, family, and coworkers. Our marriage has also been blessed as we strive to conform to the image of God.
My wife and I have experienced a profound joy that is not easily expressed in words when we hear God’s Word being proclaimed and when we gather with believers to worship our Lord. Being active members in the body of Christ is vital to our lives and will continue to bless us as long as we live.
—Stephen Cortez, New Member
God’s Word consistently describes both the joys and the struggles of following Christ (Luke 15:7, James 1:2, 1 Peter 1:8). The difficulties are lessened, and the joys enriched when we commit ourselves to live in the family of God. God’s instruction isn’t to be isolated, but rather faithfully committed to the church for our good and His glory.
If you have not yet become a member of Grace Church, consider the benefits you’re missing. You can begin the process today by visiting the Member Center after either morning service.