Why should you read this book? Because church membership is perhaps a bigger deal than you realize and if you’re like me, before reading this book, your approach to church membership was all wrong. Subsequently, what this succinct and practical book does is remind the Christian who Jesus is (the One with absolute power and dominion) and the organization that He authorized: the Church. The church therefore has the highest kingdom authority on earth. Hence, it is not a voluntary club that we join or is a place that we have a superficial connection to. By divine design, the church plays a central role in the believer’s life as it pertains to (for example) spirituality, where we live, social circles, vocation, ethics and finances. Moreover, this book is especially timely because it speaks directly to the modern American, individualistic flavor of Christianity where I merely do what I want to do and only think about the church when absolutely necessary. The question then becomes: what is a church, what is a church member, what does church membership look like, and how does a Christian submit to a local church and its leaders? The book will subsequently go on to unpack and answer all of these questions. What you will undoubtedly have at the end is renewed thinking and an open heart for Christ and His people.
Overall, this is a gospel-centered book saturated in Scripture. Indeed, the Bible never explicitly mentions church “membership.” But, although it is an idea never expressed it is everywhere assumed.
I received this book for free in that it was given to new-member candidates at my local church. I think you will benefit from reading this book for yourself and likely so will your fellow Christian brothers and sisters.