Why Is Church Membership Important?

New Membership Application

Why is church membership important?

In Matthew 16:18, the Lord Jesus stated to Peter "on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."

The Word "church" was never a word used by the Lord Jesus. The Greek Word as recorded in Strong's Concordance, "ἐκκλησία ekklēsia," is a compound word. "ek" means "out," and "kaleo" means to call.

Hence, "to call out." 

It is further defined as "a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake."

1 Peter 2:9-10 says..."But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."

So we are a company or an assembly of believers that were called out of the world and into His everlasting kingdom.

Colossians 1:13-14 says...."He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."

So where did the word "church" come from?

From the Oxford Dictionary, this definition stands out.

It's an Old English word "cir(i)ce." Related to Dutch "kerk" and German "Kirche" base on medieval Greek "kurikon," from Greek "kuriakon," (doma) "Lord's house', from "kurios" 'master or lord."

We know that the Lord Jesus is the Master of His assembly or house.

Not the pastor, bishop, or elder.

So the local assembly is not about serving a pastor but it's the other way around.

It's the Lord Jesus calling His duly appointed shepherds to serve the Word of God to the people.

While there are many believers that do not attend a regular assembly, we believe that the Lord Jesus called people out of darkness into His marvelous light to assemble together to pray, hear God's Word, fellowship with the saints, and share each other's lives. We have no problem assembling to watch a sports in a coliseum, or to gather as family at a family reunion.

Why do people have a problem with assembling in a place or house of worship?

Why don't they come together as true believers in Christ to fellowship?

The reasons range from blatant pastoral abuse, manipulation, and controlling spirits, money schemes, ill intentioned believers, pastoral sexual immorality, and other issues.

Sadly, these issues happen but it doesn't mean that the entire Body of Christ is engulfed in these ungodly behaviors.

The Lord never instituted the assembly to be oppressive and abusive. 

A natural mother gives birth to a child. Does the mother leave the hospital without the child and leave the child to itself to be nurtured? Obviously not. The assembly serves as a place where people grow in "grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ."

We must never allow ourselves to be beguiled by those that are false teachers and prophets. People should never be gullible according to Proverbs 14:15. We believe that believers must mature to the point where they are able to walk in the Word for themselves.

However, we believe that the Lord placed leaders in the assembly to help people continue their walk in the Lord.

The Lord never intended for people to come to a place to be in bondage. The assembly of believers must be the last place on earth where contention, strife, division, jealousy, hatred, wrath, and other demonic activities take place. 

At Prevailing Word Ministries, we strive to teach and train believers to be the very best they could be in Christ. We encourage believers to come out, pray, seek the face of God, worship, ask questions, and fellowship with other believers so that they could mature in Christ.

We are the Body of Christ, and we need each other to accomplish the will of God in the earth.

The saving of souls, the maturing of believers, and the fellowship of the saints in the love of the Lord, the bond of perfectness.

There is no perfect local assembly, but there is a place of His planting where God perfects us through the Word of His grace.

How will you know that you are in the right place?

Here are seven suggestions.

First, you pray and seek the Lord.
Second, you start looking as you are directed of the Lord.
Third, you listen to the Word of God that is preached in that place you are considering becoming a member.
Fourth, you ask the people in that church about what's going on.
Fifth, you spend time watching for things that are good and bad.
Sixth, you watch how they handle the service, and the money.
Seventh, is the love of God among the saints genuine, authentic, and consistent.

Take your time. This is a very important decision. The thing that you should see is consistency. If you see consistent good and your heart witness that this is the place, still do not rush to make a decision. Take your time and never let someone manipulate you. 

New Membership Application