Membership in the Bible and History
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?
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.
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.
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?
How has meaningless church membership adversely affected the Southern Baptist Convention?
The Christian life in the New Testament is church life. Christians today should expect and desire the same.
Membership Instruction for Pastors
We believe the most important question that should confront a new person attending any church is this: Where do you stand with God?
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.
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.
The regulative principle, properly applied, means that church members are free from the threats of idolatry and weirdness, heresy and tomfoolery.
Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence.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.
If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
As we’ll see, there is room for agreement and disagreement in the answers Lyons provides to these questions.
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.
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.
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.
This book speaks a piercing word to pastors. It reminds us of the biblical standard to which God calls us.
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