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Why should you join a church?

Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing a distaste or fear of commitment, especially of institutions.

Jonathan Leeman addresses these issues with a straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it's important. Giving the local church its proper due, Leeman has built a compelling case for committing to the local body.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433532379
ISBN-13: 9781433532375
Series: 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches

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Publisher's Description

New in the popular 9Marks series on healthy church life, Jonathan Leeman offers a short, readable book on why church membership is a critical element in every healthy Christian’s maturation.

Author Bio

Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of a number books. He is also an occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches adjunctively for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC.

Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California. In addition to being the author of many popular and academic books, he is also the editor in chief of Modern Reformation magazine, a host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast, and a minister in the United Reformed Churches.

Endorsements

Church leaders across many denominations will find this little book filled with practical ideas and good arguments that will help us cure Christians in our culture today of their allergy to church membership, pastoral authority, life accountability, and any limits to their personal freedom.
-Timothy Keller,
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

Brief, fresh, entertaining, and, above all, biblical. This is the explanation and defense of church membership youÂ’ve been looking for.
-Mark Dever,
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.
-Darrin Patrick,
Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author, For the City and Church Planter

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  1. Tom M
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Bible Case For Church Membership
    June 23, 2017
    Tom M
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thoughtful 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.
  2. Allan Fraser
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent!
    February 28, 2017
    Allan Fraser
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  3. Small Church Pastor
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Helpful Resource
    October 13, 2016
    Small Church Pastor
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While 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.
  4. Hunter
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Yes and No
    March 21, 2014
    Hunter
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I 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.
  5. David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Recovering the biblical pattern of church membersh
    September 20, 2012
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Jonathan 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.
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