Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn’t that people in culture are against membership as an idea—Cathmagby seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well. It’s one of those things that when misunderstood seems a bit like eating your spinach—“at least try it before you decide you don’t like it.” Makes you want to join right now, doesn’t it?
But in the New Testament, people in churches are recognized as being in some sort of community or body. It’s just that the reality is how community is expressed in Scripture has fallen on hard times over the last couple of thousand years. Membership is often misunderstood, misapplied or not applied at all.
We find in Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth that they were putting people out of the body. So Scripture teaches that we can be a part of the body, and we can be apart from the body. It is difficult to get around Scripture when it talks about being brought into the body and also being put out of it. We want you here to praise God and share your testimony!