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Every once in a while we get the question, "The Bible never commands a person to ‘join’ a church, so why should we?" That is true. The Bible never literally commands someone to join a church. However, it is apparent from Scripture that church membership is a biblical way for a Christian to live his or her life. A brief survey of key verses shows that Christians are expected to be in unique relationship with other Christians.
Matthew 18:17–Jesus calls the church to hold accountable others ‘in’ the church.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
Acts 15:22–The apostles, elders and church body elect men ‘among them’ to send to Paul.
Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
Acts 20:28– Paul commands elders to protect the ‘flock’ (members) of the Ephesian Church.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Romans 12:4-5–The church is a group of ‘gifted members’ working together for the Gospel.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
There are many other examples of the church being a gathering of individual members who form a body of believers committed to one another and extending the gospel of Jesus Christ. The people who made up the early church were baptized believers committed to leveraging their resources for the benefit of the Christian community. In fact, the tone of many of the apostolic letters makes it impossible for one to follow their wisdom and commands without a commitment to a church.
So does the Bible ever say you and I need to walk an aisle, sign a card, attend a class and join a church? No, it doesn’t. Those are all methods the church has employed to help accomplish, in practical terms, what the Bible commands for believers. Christians are to be held accountable in community with other believers, available for church leadership, protected by a pastor from believing false doctrines and given opportunities to be generous with our resources to extend the gospel. None of those are possible without church membership.
When you become a member of a church you are telling yourself, others and Jesus that you are making a local Christian community your community to help you live a Christian lifestyle as the Bible describes it. We are excited to be that community for you and will do everything we can to see you flourish in Christ while we all work to reach our city and world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you would like to take the next step in church membership at JVBC. Please fill out the form to register for our next new member's class. Every new member's class happens on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am (childcare provided).