Membership in the Bible and History

Is Church Membership Biblical?

By Matt Chandler | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

If there is no understanding of local church membership, then who are we to submit to and obey? Is it anyone with the title “elder” from any church?

Joining a Church the Ancient Way: From Clement to Egeria

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

As it was in the earliest days of the Christian faith, so it is again: entry into a local church should be by way of catechism, creed, and baptism—and in that order.

Church Membership and Contextualization

By Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.

Book Review: The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love, by Jonathan Leeman

Review by Tim Chester | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

I was asked to review this book as a “friendly dissenter,” but I have struggled to dissent. So now I am worried. What is it that I am supposed to have objected to?

Does Membership Matter?

Meaningless Membership: A Southern Baptist Perspective

By Al Jackson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

How has meaningless church membership adversely affected the Southern Baptist Convention?

Twelve Reasons Why Membership Matters

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

The Christian life in the New Testament is church life. Christians today should expect and desire the same.

Membership Instruction for Pastors

Implementing Membership in an Existing Church

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

We believe the most important question that should confront a new person attending any church is this: Where do you stand with God?

Implementing Membership in a Church Plant

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

In order to have a church, you need Christians. So a planter . . . will need to be able to discern that there are people in his meeting who are genuinely converted.

Moving Attenders to Members

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

One thing we can assume about the Christian who regularly attends church but does not join is that his or her view of the Christian life is defective somewhere.

What Does the Regulative Principle Require of Church Members?

By Terry Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

The regulative principle, properly applied, means that church members are free from the threats of idolatry and weirdness, heresy and tomfoolery.

Cleaning Up the Rolls

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 02.26.2010

Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.

Resources on Membership

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 05.01.2011

If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

Book Review: The Next Christians, by Gabe Lyons

Review by Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

As we’ll see, there is room for agreement and disagreement in the answers Lyons provides to these questions.

Book Review: The Gospel Commission, by Michael Horton

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.03.2011

This book is theologically rich, carefully critical, and it throbs with a missionary heartbeat. Reading it will both instruct and inspire you to go and make disciples of all nations.

Book Review: Paul’s Understanding of the Church’s Mission, by Robert Plummer

Review by Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

I hope Dr. Plummer will consider publishing a popular level edition of the material which puts the cookies a few shelves lower and hires a graphic design team not so tied to the 1970s.

Book Review: 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible, by Rob Plummer

Review by Jason Meyer | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

This book is a sterling example of how to answer specific questions clearly and succinctly, which is something all who teach the Bible must learn to do well.

Book Review: Loving the Church, by John Crotts

Review by Brian Croft | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

This book speaks a piercing word to pastors. It reminds us of the biblical standard to which God calls us.

The Reformation and Your Church

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Church Mergers and Plants

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Pastoring Singles

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Healthy Churches around the World

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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

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The Church Praying

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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

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Multi-Ethnic Churches

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Complementarianism & the Local Church

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Vanishing Church?

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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

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The Church Singing

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Prosperity Gospel

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Is Scripture Enough?

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Church and Churches

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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

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Discipling in the Church

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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

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Pastoral Moves

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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

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Pastoring Women

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Deacons

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A New Evangelical Liberalism

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Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

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Missions

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Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

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Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

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Counseling in the Church

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Family & Parenting

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Marriage & Pastor’s Wives

July—August 2008

Living As a Church

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Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

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Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

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