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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. 

  • First and foremost, prayerfully determine that the Holy Spirit will decide where your church membership should be. The Holy Spirit's desire is to guide us into all truth. Therefore, the Church He leads us in will be theologically sound concerning the fundamental doctrines of God's Word and emphasizes the exercise of rightly dividing the word of truth.
  • Secondly: Observe their concerns. A Bible church will have as it's paramount concern to glorify God by virtue of the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and characterized as a separated body from ecumenicalism and worldliness.
  • Thirdly: Note their leadership. Try to determine if the pastor and deacons are godly, hospitable, patient and approachable.

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  • Your Decision to Member With A Church

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