What is Church Membership? And Why Does it Matter to Me?

Recommended Reading Church Membership and One Another Each other

In this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we’ve been considering the subject of church membership and “one another-ing” each other. We understand that we haven’t covered everything on this topic, but it is our prayer that, hopefully, readers of this issue of...

Spiritual Friendship in the Church

These past months have flipped many things in our life upside down. Much has changed in the way we go about our daily lives— everything from work to school, from shopping to doctor’s visits, and from gathering with friends to gathering for worship. In all these...

Walking Alongside a Struggling Christian

People are hurting. Christians are no exception. The last year, for many, has felt more like running a gauntlet than running a race. With a global pandemic, racial unrest, political upheaval, the word “unprecedented” has been worn thin in media commentary. And these...
The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

The Importance of Preaching for Everyday Christians

It is common to wonder about the role of sermons in the lives of everyday Christians. Why do pastors spend so much time preparing a weekly sermon? Wouldn’t it be better if he spent more time in meetings with teams of leaders, counseling the hurting, building...

How to Find a Good Church

How to Find a Good Church

You may be looking for a good church for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a new believer in Jesus Christ—praise God! Maybe you are moving or have moved to a new area. Perhaps your current church differs from your understanding of biblical principles or...

United Disagreement

United Disagreement

Let’s face it. This has been a bad couple of years for the American church. Between politics, COVID, racial differences, justice questions, views on our national history, and whether or not to wear masks, opinions have been flying around at warp-speed, with collisions...

Small Groups and the Christian

Small Groups and the Christian

Small groups are an essential ministry, for the local church and the Christian. Over fifty times in the New Testament, Christians are instructed to “one another”. For example, in Acts 2:42-48, the Early Church gathered together around the Word, prayer, food, and doing...

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

Fellowship: God’s Workspace for His Glory

I can see God’s eastern canvas from my pillow each morning, a front row seat to the glorious awakening of the sky. No matter how it’s painted, no matter how tired I am, my eyes are glued to the horizon. There’s no sleeping in because the one missed may be the best...

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

“One Another”: How to Nurture Biblical Love in Body Life

How do you define “church”? What does being a member of the church mean to you? “Attending meetings, giving my offerings/tithes, casting my vote…” might be a typical answer. But actually, church membership embodies so much more than that. Church is about...

Six Reasons to be a Member of a Local Church

Six Reasons to be a Member of a Local Church

The belief that professing Christians should gather together as members of a local Church is waning in many sectors of Christianity sectors today. Some feel that faith shouldn’t be “institutionalized” and should be a private matter between individuals, not something...