Is Church Membership Important?
Posted by Pastor Szekely on August 7, 2006
Today, there are some who consider church membership to be unimportant. (Now I’m talking about Baptists at this point, but hopefully later on down the road I’ll have more to say on other beliefs and on their view and definition of what “the church” is and on membership, etc ~ If you’re not Baptist, though, by all means, please keep on reading!)…But as I’ve started, there are those Baptists who, by their speech and/or action, consider church membership to be unimportant…but what does the Bible say? Did the Apostle Paul, for example, think that church membership was unimportant?
In Acts 9:26 the Bible says, “And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.” Notice the Bible uses the word “join”. This word literally means “to glue” or “to stick” together. Evidently, there was a local assembly that Paul recognized as being made up of disciples, and his desire was to join himself – or to “glue himself” – together with them. And as we read in verse 26, those disciples were afraid of “Saul of Tarsus“. They didn’t even want him in their membership until Saul was recommended by Barnabas (vs27).
It was important to Saul to be a member of a true, New Testament Church. He wanted to be solidly identified with that Body, not just casually come and go. He was lead by God to a group of people who had decided that they were going to be obedient to Christ and give allegiance to Christ, and Christ alone…is church membership that important to you?