“I Am A Church Member”

I am a church member.  What do you think when you hear those words?  Do you think church membership is important?  Why do you think that it is or that it isn’t?  Do you think church membership comes with privileges or responsibilities?  Maybe you think it comes with a little of both.

Last year, the YCOG Administrative Council read the book, “I Am A Church Member (Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference), “ by Thom S. Rainer, prior to its  business and ministry team meetings.  We read the book together for two reasons (or three – depending on how you look at it).  First, to be reminded of what the Scriptures teach us about church membership; and second, to start off each meeting in unity with one another and with the Holy Spirit.

“I Am A Church Member” has six chapters that, as the title suggests, focus on the attitudes of church  members.  On page 11, Rainer writes:

“There are a number of places in the New Testament where we can see a clear picture of church membership.  One of the more voluminous sections is 1 Corinthians 12-14.  In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul explains the metaphor of the church being a body with many members.  In 1 Corinthians 13, he established love as the central attitude and action all members should have.  And in 1 Corinthians 14, he returns to the messed-up church at Corinth that has the concept of membership all wrong.”

If you would like to read more of “I Am A Church Member,” there are extra copies in the bookshelf in the church lobby.

This year, the Council will be reading, I could, I might, I can, I should, I will! (Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian),” by the same author.  This book will, hopefully, take us from attitude to action.  The last chapter is the best, but I don’t want to give away a great ending.  Extra copies of this book will be available on the bookshelf as well for anyone who would like to read it.

Please remember to pray for the Church Council as we continue to seek God’s will for His Church.

Blessings!

Pastor Stef

 

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