How the World Knows who Represents Jesus
Jonathan Leeman addresses the commonly asked question – one which is rarely answered well – of: “Why should I join a church?” Many genuine believers live in habits of nearly shunning any practice of joining, which to them smacks of ‘organized religion’. By offering a brief, straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it’s 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 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.
- Introduction: A Bigger Deal than we Realize
- We’ve Been Approaching it All Wrong
- Membership Sightings in the New Testament
- What Is a Church and what Is a Church Member?
- What Are a Church and Its Members Like?
- Standards of Membership
- How Does a Christian Submit to a Church?
- What Happens When Members Don’t Represent Jesus?
- Must Membership Look the Same Everywhere?
- Conclusion: How Church Membership Defines Love
“Brief, fresh, entertaining, and above all, biblical. This is the explanation and defense of church membership you’ve been looking for.”
— Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
“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 Schreiner, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
“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.”
— Tim Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City