Why become a church member?

Is there a good reason to commit yourself to Church Membership? Yes, there is! Church membership is not only biblical, but it provides many benefits for the Christian as well as the body of Christ.

1. Church membership is biblical.

Did you know that “church” is a Christian idea? You won’t find the same concept in any other world religion. Other religions have temples, synagogues or mosques, but only Christianity has the church. In Christianity church is not defined as a building, the church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God’s grace alone.

The church is the global body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). Consisting of believers from every corner of the globe, it’s demonstrated in local congregations. Being a church member means that you become committed to one of these local expressions of Christ’s body.

The first place we see this was when Jesus called His disciples in (Mark 1:16-20). A particularly noteworthy attribute is that He called them in pairs. They are not just individual units but part of a community in discipleship with Jesus. In fact, we see this frequently across the Gospels. Jesus always called His disciples to himself and into a community with one another. So, when you become Jesus’ disciple, you also join His community of followers and commit to fellowship with them.

That commitment is a thread that runs throughout the entire New Testament. In Acts, Luke gave us the first description of Christians. The preeminent attributes were that “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship” (Acts 2:42, emphasis added). In Hebrews, we find this exhortation: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some” (Hebrews 10:24-25, emphasis added).

Obeying the call to discipleship includes church membership. The most fundamental duty of membership is regular fellowship with a local congregation.

2. Church membership is beneficial.

One of the most significant benefits of church membership is the experience of being a part of something larger than yourself. Whenever people join our church, they are thrilled because they know that they are not just there to be consumers but to be contributors. There is organized and corporate worship, teaching, and service to one another and the community. Another significant benefit is having accountability — because you’ve submitted yourself to the church leadership.

Local churches are missionary organizations. We’re partners in this great objective to spread the glory of God and to bring people to Jesus. That’s a grand goal. Being a participant in that mission can bring rich meaning and fulfillment to your life, a fulfillment greater than “happiness.” You’ll experience the profound sense of purpose that comes from joining a cause greater than yourself because the church’s mission is to bring the gospel of life into a world of death.

3. Church membership is all about love.

Finally, you should commit to a local congregation because church membership is fundamentally about love. When we join a church we are are no longer alone but are now part of a spiritual family.

The defining mark of a Christian is love for the fellowship of believers. Jesus said that when we love one another, we are showing the world the power of the gospel (John 17:23). The best place to see this love is in the local church. As members, we support one another. When someone is mourning, we mourn with them. If one rejoices, then we all rejoice. An individual’s financial struggles, sickness or hardships are an opportunity for the church body to step up and set love into action.

We strive for love and unity with believers in the church because this brings glory to God.

 How can I become a member of Metro Grace Community Church?

To become a member of MGCC please submit an online Application for Membership by clicking on this link: