Jesus died so the church could be the redeemed and restored people of God. We’re made for biblical community, which supports our transformation to become more like Jesus.
Our society is averse to commitments . . . a job . . . a marriage . . . our country. We are a generation of consumer religion. We are transient. Yet, we become what we are committed to through perseverance to a cause or community.
Every team has a roster. Every school an enrollment. Every business a payroll. Every army an enlistment. Membership identifies and aligns our family to one another, God and His mission in our community.
The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth (think of church conflict, discipline, compassion, mission). You cannot be accountable when you’re not known or committed to any specific church family.
What am I committing to
by joining this church family?
I will protect the unity of my church family.
I will share the responsibility of my church family.
I will grow as a Christ-Follower with my church family.
I will contribute to service of my church family.