Church membership isn’t a control mechanism, it’s a barrier to authoritarianism.
Members of the blood-bought church of Jesus Christ have a holy calling to put up with one another.
You don’t need a seminary education. You don’t have to be an ordained minister or a spiritual superstar. All you need is the Holy Spirit, and you have that! It’s time to suit up and start guarding the gospel.
When we think of being a good witness, we should do so with other believers in mind so that our witness might be amplified.
Do you remember what happened in the Garden of Eden after Adam disobeyed? He pursued him—and he’s has been doing that with sinners ever since.
God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.
When it comes to the Christian life, when it comes to how members of different gospel-preaching churches ought to relate to one another, we need to change our strategy.
We all know how terribly trite it feels to ask God over and over again to help out your fellow church members with their health, safety, or money problems. So how do we pray without just repeating ourselves?
In Matthew 18:10–20 Jesus isn’t merely calling pastors or church leaders to corral wandering sheep. He’s calling every church member. In other words, he’s calling you.
Go and make every effort to pursue unity. I know it’s hard. But it’s good for you.
Coming up with a list of what makes a good church member seems like an easy enough thing to do—until you try it.
To really love another is a spiritual exercise. It requires massive internal commitment to kill every visible sin, to resist every temptation, to cling to every good, and to reject every evil.
Who are the outcasts in your community? Who is overlooked? And when are they coming over for dinner?
If Paul’s words, “If one member suffers, all suffer together” are realized in our churches, it will be through the labor of Spirit-empowered imagination.
Don’t let your pastors live on a ministry island. Let them get to know you, and the Lord’s love for them through you. They need you.