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CHURCH MEMBERSHIP

Samuel A CainAnd let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)

In the churches where I have been a member, I have noticed that there seems to always be a group of people who attend church but never seek to become a member. Why is this?

Some say they have had bad experiences in churches where they were formerly members. Others may say they don’t trust the church leadership because human beings are fallible creatures. Perhaps they did not feel that the pastor paid them enough attention. Maybe they were offended by an elder. There are also people who refuse to join because they disagree with one item in the church’s statement of faith. Many simply believe that church membership is not a requirement for Christians. Some do not join because they want to avoid participation in the various church ministries. They may love to hear the pastor preach, but hearing is the limit of their participation in church. Continue reading

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