Matthew R. Perry

Membership, Glorious Membership (Mark Dever)

In Church Life, For Preachers/Pastors, For Seminary Students on February 23, 2006 at 9:51 am

I am a strong advocate for church membership. Not that church membership does anything to save, but it is key for growth and maturity. Just as a child says, “Mine, mine, mine!” so too do many Christians who feel that their spiritual life is all about me, my, and mine! I believe Scripture is clear: there is no true Christianity, no true Christian walk apart from being a part of a local church. Read Acts — every city had a church that Christians were to belong. Hebrews 10 speaks of not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together (10:25). It’s part and parcel of the Christian walk. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” We as followers of Christ definitely need that sharpening!

Having said that, please read this great article by Mark Dever on his Together For the Gospel blog (thanks to Mark Combs of Reformation Underground for sending this my way).

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