In an age of authenticity, people are looking for authentic community. But church membership is precisely that—an invitation to authentic community with accountability.

To be a member of a church is to make a promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation.   In the Bible this is called a covenant.  Every believer is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a promise can someone be part of the church as an organization.  A promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship and church membership are all relationships of accountability. 

Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organization members are consumers — the organization exists to serve them. The church of Christ is a completely different community — membership means ministry and service, going from being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.  At The Bridge Fellowship, we take seriously that we are a church not for ourselves, but for others in our city.

Is Church Membership Biblical?

Read article by Matt Chandler at 9Marks here.

Please download our Membership Forms in PDF here and submit them to pastor joey. joey@thebridgejapan.com

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