Biblical Requirements For Church Membership


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While the New Testament church did not give a moral prescription for new members, it was generally accepted that those who had repented of their sins were expected to live for God (1 Cor. 6:9-11). Obviously, a person cannot become perfect at conversion, but he should turn from all known sin in his life. As he grows in biblical knowledge, he will become aware of other sins …

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1. Body. Church membership is implied in the metaphor of the body of Christ. “The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
2. Shepherding. Church membership is implied in the way the New Testament requires elders to care for the flock in their charge. Elders can extend their focus and care to anyone within the limits of their ability.
3. Discipline. Church membership is implied by the way the church is supposed to discipline its members. The church appears to be the final court of appeal in matters of church authority as it relates to membership.
4. Excommunication. The fact that excommunication exists implies church membership. Paul indicates this in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 where he deals with the necessity of putting someone out of the church.
5. Submission. Church membership is implied in the biblical requirement of all Christians to be submitted to a group of church leaders, elders, or pastors.

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Biblical Background for Church Membership . While we do not find indisputable proof texts for local church membership, we do find passages that imply formal membership in local assemblies. Paul’s formal exclusion of the sinner at Corinth presupposes formal inclusion. Paul exhorts the Corinthian church to remove a brother from their ranks who was sinning in a way …

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Personally, I think membership requirements should revolve around things like commitment to the church, doctrinal beliefs, and basic moral issues as clearly outlined in the Word, etc., but requirements should avoid legalistic issues or any coercive elements like promising to give a certain portion of income, or avoidance of certain taboos which vary with locality.

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Church membership is a legitimate biblical concept. The Scriptures would teach us that the local church has an identifiable and specifically accountable membership. Membership in a local church is important for a number of biblical reasons. 1. Authors of the New Testament identify churches by their location as well as by their number . In Acts 2:41, 47; 4:4; 5:14, a …

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Local church membership is a question of biblical obedience, not personal preference. By: Matt Chandler. Matt Chandler is the lead pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. You can find him on Twitter at @MattChandler74. By Matt Chandler. More articles tagged as: Biblical Theology Church Membership. Future 9Marks Articles delivered Subscribe to …

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The real question should not be “where does the bible teach church membership?” but rather, “where, after 1500 years of history in which there were church members before Acts, did the New Testament revoke church membership?” The history of Israel, the history of God’s old covenant people, is instructive. In the Old Covenant, God is a bookkeeper. In Exodus …

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By having membership, the Body of Christ is automatically divided into “members” and “non-members”. We believe that this division is an unscriptural one. The only scriptural divisions we are commanded to make are those that involve people who promote false doctrines. We are to mark them and to separate from them. (Rom 16:17, II Thess 3:14, I Tim 6:5, etc). Other …

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Church Membership Requirements January 26, 2011 Scot McKnight. Patheos Explore the world’s faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of …

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The Biblical Evidence for Church Membership When examining the biblical evidence for church membership one must keep in mind that there are no explicit commandments in the Bible which says, “Go join the local church.” But, even though there are no explicit statements on this issue in Scripture, church membership

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– Source: Matthew 5:34-37, Holman Christian Standard Bible. Nowadays many churches require that prospective members sign a document referred to as a Membership Contract, a Church Membership Covenant, or simply a Church Covenant.

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By figure, “member” is a spiritual part, or spiritual organ, of a spiritual body. This fits the first definition of the word given in the dictionary. So-called church leaders over time, even up until this very day, will twist the word “member.” They will change the Biblical use of’ “member” as a bodily organ, for “member,” as one of a society

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The one church that I was looking at seemed good until it mentioned church membership requirements. On the same page it mentions funding the ministries of the church. I know that churches need money in order to continue to provide what they provide, however I am not a believer in a “requirement” to “tithe” or offer money. I believe in a basket at the back and …

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If you are going to church, but have not joined the membership, what does the Bible say about becoming a member of a church? Answer. The Bible says nothing about joining a church. It does talk about God adding people to the church. “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:47) Just being immersed for forgiveness of sins caused one to be …

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1. Hebrews 10:25 – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
2. Acts 20:28 – Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
3. Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (Read More)
4. Acts 2:42 – And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
5. Romans 12:5 – So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6. Ephesians 4:12-16 – For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Read More)
7. Acts 6:1-15 – And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
8. Ephesians 2:19-22 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; (Read More)
9. Acts 2:47 – Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
10. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 – Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

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