The Importance of Church Membership
Passage: Matthew 16:15–16:19, Matthew 18:15–18:18
1. Wednesday Night prayer meeting to resume May 13th at 6:45PM in the Sanctuary.
2. Sunday Worship services set to resume May 24th at 10:30AM in the Sanctuary.
* Both Services will be done according to CDC Guidelines and will look different than "normal" for the safety of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
3. The Vera Kneece/Emily Kay Ashley scholarship deadline has been extended to July 31st.
4. The blessing box has a place in room 9 for any non-perishable items to re-stock the box when it is running low on supplies.
5. The men's ministry event in June has been postponed until the fall. The Date is TBD.
6. No decision has been made on VBS yet, but if the CDC social distancing restrictions are not lifted, we will have to cancel.
"The Importance of Church membership"
Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-18
1. Church Membership is an affirmation of our Salvation (Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-18)
A. Membership and the Fellowship that comes along with it, helps us with accountability, but also helps us to see if our hearts have truly been changed.
B. Membership helps us work out our salvation with fear and trembling!
2. Church Membership is vital to our discipleship/spiritual growth (1 John 1:6-7, Matthew 28:18-20)
A. Church membership is vital to the great commission
B. We grow as one body in Sanctification
3. Church membership is an act of Obedience (1 John 1:7, Hebrews 10:23-25)
A. We are called to Fellowship
B. We are called to gather
Questions for Deeper Study
1. Jesus gives the church the authority to excommunicate those who are living in unrepentant sin. Why do you think Jesus does this?
2. Read Philippians 2:12. What do you think it means to "work out your own salvation"?
3. According to 1 John 1:7, if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another. Why is having fellowship with one another so important?
4. Why do you think it is so important that the church not neglect gathering together on the Lord's day?
1. How has being a member of the church affected your life? Think through some of the blessings, as well as some of the hardships (Hard isn't always bad) that come along with being a part of the body.
2.What are some ways that you work out your own salvation with fear and trembling? How have you seen others do this?
3. Have you allowed yourself to be in true fellowship with the church? If so, what Spiritual growth have you seen in your life as a result of this fellowship?
4. If someone told you that they did not believe that they needed to go to church or be a part of the body in order to be a Christian, how would you respond? How do you think Jesus would have responded to the same statement?
*Take some time to pray and encourage those you are studying with this morning/afternoon/evening.