Membership? Yeah, we believe in membership. But, why? As some have pointed out, “membership” in local church is not mentioned in the Bible. That’s right. Membership is not specifically mentioned, but commitment is.
For example, Hebrews 10 says,
…and since we have a great priest over the house of God…Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
What this means is that the gospel (the good news of Jesus and what he has done for us) is such great news that when we believe it, it calls for a willing commitment not just to Jesus, but also to others who also believe. It means that the Bible commands us to active commitment in a local body of believers, not just attending, but stirring one another to love and good deeds, encouraging one another, serving, loving, using our spiritual gifts, and being encouraged, served, and loved by others.
The New Testament is full of “one anothering” commands (what we do to love and serve one another). Hearing the Word is great, but God intends that there to be more than going to “church” and listening to a sermon. He calls for your commitment to, involvement with, and enjoyment of the people of God
That’s why we invite people to membership–it’s a concrete way to express commitment and involvement at New Hope. What about you?