Church Membership - Should It Matter?
Belonging to a local church by membership is scriptural and essential for one's spiritual growth. No Christian will thrive without fostering their responsibility to a local New Testament Church. Throughout the New Testament we see both a pattern and practice of Christians joining themselves together in order to exercise their spiritual gifts for the sake and furtherance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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When you have discerned God's will in this matter; member yourself with the church of God's choice and become faithful and fruitful in that ministry.
Sadly, there are many areas where a biblical church cannot be realized. If this is the case for you, God may be telling you to move or begin a new church in your community. Obviously, prayer and a proper knowledge of scripture and sound godly counsel will help to determine God's will in this regard.
Very importantly. Once God identifies His will concerning a church for you and your family... Don't just go to church... go WITH the church in serving the Lord Jesus Christ.
Finding a biblical church may not be as difficult as some might assume. There is a difference between a worldly/carnal church and a biblical/spiritual church. For this obvious reason, the essentials for knowing God's will in this regard are clear.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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