Message Notes 4.18.21 | Why Join A Church? | Ephesians 4:15-16
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
(Ephesians 4:15–16 ESV)
I. Is it Biblical?
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
(Matthew 18:17 ESV)
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
(1 Corinthians 5:12–13 ESV)
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
(1 John 2:19 ESV)
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,
(1 Corinthians 11:18 ESV)
II. Why should I join?
A. Because Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
(Ephesians 5:25 ESV)
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
(Ephesians 5:32 ESV)
B. It is where you learn to love God and others.
C. Because you need to be under spiritual shepherds who will give an account for your soul.
D. It is Jesus’ means for fulfilling the Great Commission.
E. It is where you specifically serve the Lord.
III. Who should the church allow in?
IV. What does membership consist of?
A. Seeking to live by the church’s covenant.
B. Commitment to participate in worship, teaching, and fellowship.
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
(Hebrews 10:25 ESV)
C. Commitment to uphold doctrine, practices, and church discipline of the church.
D. Commitment to other members to give and receive service and help.
E. Commitment to follow the church’s leadership.
F. Commitment to support the church financially as God prospers you.
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
(1 Corinthians 9:14 ESV)