Most of us are familiar with the idea of membership because of our involvement in clubs or teams or even a local gym. At its most basic level, membership means that you belong.
Most people don’t know that membership is a concept that originates with the Church. The apostle Paul was the first to refer to people who put their trust in Jesus as “members of the body”. He said that the way we relate to one another and are connected to one another in Jesus was just like how the parts of our bodies relate to and are connected to one another. Like the parts of the body we’re different, but we need each other to be the church that Jesus intends us to be. So, on one level, membership is simply about saying “I’m connected. I belong.” The basis of that connection though is something much deeper.
What connects us in the church is our relationship to Jesus. When we claim that relationship, we not only bind ourselves to Jesus, but also to Jesus’ people. Membership in the church therefore also involves a claim of faith – a readiness to say that we belong to Jesus, that He is our Saviour and Lord.
If that describes you, or who you’d like to be, please speak to either Pastor Duncan or Pastor Monica.