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Publication Date: 2012
Series: 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches
Jonathan Leeman addresses the commonly asked (and often unanswered) question of, "Why should I join a church?" in a time when many are shunning the practice of organized religion. By offering a brief, straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why its important, Leeman gives the local church its proper due and builds a case for committing to the local body. Church Membership is a useful tool for churches to distribute en masse to new and potential members of their congregation.
This volume is part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series. Look for upcoming, quick-read formats of the following marks of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, conversion, evangelism, church discipline, discipleship and growth, and church leadership.
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
Brief, fresh, entertaining, and, above all, biblical. This is the explanation and defense of church membership youve been looking for.
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
Practical. Convicting. Biblically faithful. Leeman reminds us that church membership is not a choice but a demand. The book is punchy and provocative, but at the same time it is permeated with the gospel of grace.
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
We live in an age where people relate to and make decisions about church much like they do with a restaurant. We desperately need to be awakened from our consumeristic slumber. This book is the wake-up call that is needed to turn church consumers into gospel participants.
Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author, For the City and Church Planter
Tom M5 Stars Out Of 5A Bible Case For Church MembershipJune 23, 2017Tom MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thoughtful examination of what God says about the Church universal and the local church in His Word. Helpful analogies, but ultimately shows God's instruction straight from the Biblical text. Much like reading the Bible and saying it doesnt say the word "trinity." You cant make sense of what it does say about God unless you come away from reading the Bible with a Trinitarian theology. The word membership doesn't exist in the Bible, but you can't make sense of what the Bible says about the Church universal and the local church, unless you come away with a high view of local church membership.
Allan Fraser5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!February 28, 2017Allan FraserQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent, easy-to-read book that clearly points out the Biblical 'Why?' and 'How?' of Church Membership. A must-read for all Christians, particularly church leaders.
Small Church Pastor5 Stars Out Of 5A Helpful ResourceOctober 13, 2016Small Church PastorQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5While this book may not be an all-encompassing church membership resource it is an excellent and essential addition to a church's membership process. I'm making this pre-requisite reading for everyone who is interested in joining the church the Lord has given me charge over.
HunterAge: 25-34Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Yes and NoMarch 21, 2014HunterAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I think the author brought up great points and biblical references for how a Christian's life should be lived and carried out. However, my biggest problem is the disconnect to church membership itself. I don't think the biblical ties made to membership being something that is commanded versus the option were very strong. He casts a vision that seems to elevate the "local church" beyond it purpose and authority. My biggest stance I disagree with the author is his point made by basically saying you can't claim to be a true believer, follower of Christ Christian without the local church's consent.
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Recovering the biblical pattern of church membershSeptember 20, 2012David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Jonathan Leeman has done a commendable job of expounding the sixth of the "9 Marks of a Healthy Church," first put forth by Mark Dever in his book by that name. This present title is one of the smaller volumes in the series being produced by 9Marks in an effort to assist pastors and church leaders in the reformation and revitalization of their churches. "Membership matters" is the succinct thesis of this book. Leeman proposes that most churches have been approaching the subject of church membership incorrectly for years by accepting members on "profession of faith" without examination of the candidate. He implies that many church problems can be avoided when greater care is exercised in "who gets in." The church is the visible representation of Jesus Christ on earth and, therefore, its purity must be protected at all costs. How rare to hear that today! Using biblical material in story form, Leeman shoots straight but does so in a non-threatening manner. He points out the difference between "joining" a church, as one would join a social club, and "submitting" to a local body of believers and its leaders. He broaches the subject of church discipline and excommunication, but actually develops that more completely in a companion volume in this same series. None of the books in the 9Marks series are comprehensive, but make excellent material for small group studies and personal contemplation.