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Why Is Being a Member Here Important?

by Pastor Jon Haakana

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s going to church was a way of life. Over 70% of church members regularly attended church. Close to 85% of Americans claimed membership in a Christian church. Now both of those numbers have dropped significantly. What’s the difference? There’s more to do? Are we busier today? The church doesn’t offer what I need anymore? The church is full of hypocrites?

While those statements hold partial truth, many of those reasons have just become excuses for us. The fact remains that we believe and teach the importance of regularly attending church. We continue to strongly encourage people to become members of a local church. But, why is it important? What is the Biblical understanding of what it means to be part of the body of Christ?

Sometimes we join our churches expecting others to serve us, to feed us, and to care for us. 

We don’t like hypocrites in the church, but we fail to see our own hypocrisies.

God did not give us local churches to become country clubs where membership means we have privileges and perks.


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