Why does everyone on an athletic team wear the same uniform? They want to be identified as a part of the team and their opponent wants to know what team they represent.
In all my years of athletics, from pee wee to college, I always loved wearing the team jersey. I wanted to be identified with my team and feel the same way to this day. I have t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, ties, jackets even cufflinks of my alma maters, Boston College and Duke University. And I wear them with pride because I want everyone to know that I am associated with such great schools and teams.
What identifies you as being part of God’s team? Simply going to church occasionally or even regularly is not enough. What identifies you is being a member of a local church. Being a Christ follower makes you part of The Church but membership is what identifies you as a part of a local church. The membership commitment communicates clearly that you represent Jesus Christ through your local church. Here are four reasons why you should be a member of a local church.
It is Biblical
The term member is not used in the Bible (neither is trinity) but the concept of commitment certainly is. The word partnership is used and that is a very good way of understanding membership. In Philippians 1:5 Paul wrote, “I thank my God for your partnership in the Gospel.” He knew Philippi’s committed people were what caused the church to succeed. Throughout the Bible believers were identified with a local church whether in Corinth, Ephesus, Colossae or other cities. One of the major themes of the Bible is commitment and there is no better way to commit than becoming a member of a church.
It Gives Stability
A church is on the front lines of the spiritual battle. It faces opposition in many ways and needs to have a solid core of people who support it with their time, talent and treasure. For a church to be successful people need to step up to higher levels of commitment. Membership is a high level of commitment and the more members in the church the more stable and secure the church will be. The stability of the church allows it to take the risks necessary to make an impact in their community.
SOURCE: RICK MCDANIEL