Day 1: Why Membership?
Membership is a common part of our culture today. Students become members of a Sorority or Fraternity. Others choose to become a member of a gym. But why become a member of South Ridge Church?
We believe there are at least three reasons for having formal membership:
First, we believe the Bible discusses the importance of membership. While the term “church member” is never used in the Bible, the New Testament clearly shows that people identified themselves with a local church and were challenged to become devoted participants.
Second, formal membership is very helpful to the pastors. By its very design, South Ridge Church enjoys the company of guests—people who aren’t yet committed to our vision and mission. We hope and pray that will always be the case. But at some point, it is important to identify those who consider themselves as part of the “flock” at SRC—the committed who can be counted on to fulfill the Great Commandment and Great Commission of Jesus Christ within our community.
Finally, experience shows that membership benefits the individual. In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, recognizable membership is an important step that moves each of us from the vague clouds of our good intentions into the clear light of committed participation. It presents a challenge to “step out of the stands” and publicly affirm our commitment to Christ and to a specific local body. In this sense, membership can be a significant defining moment in one’s lifelong discipleship journey.
Do you agree that membership benefits the individual? Explain.
Is it likely the Christians within the city of Corinth would’ve thought they were members of a local church?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Psalm 51
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
PRAYER: On your own, take the opportunity to pray for the ministry of South Ridge Church. The following outline may be helpful.
Four Prayers for Your Church:
- Thank God for the miracle of SRC and our ministry.
- Thank God for any way in which SRC has changed your life.
- Commit SRC’s future to the Lord.
- Ask God for help in figuring out what your part in that future may be.
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