Resources on Church Membership
Total abstinence may be the best way to treat alcohol today, but it should not be a requirement for church membership.
There's no biblical support for excluding people from church membership whose consciences condone occasional drinking.
Legalism is a more dangerous disease than alcoholism because it doesn't look like one.
We must seek a better understanding of the covenantal meaning of the local church.
The covenant that makes us belong to God makes us belong to each other.
Every Christian has a crucial need for covenant relationships, regardless of how un-American it may be.
Don't get into people's lives only when things are falling apart;
get in when things are going well and help each other keep that course.
How do you preserve the covenant
community in spite of sickness and sin?
God is a great,
mighty, awesome, covenant-keeping, loving God, who will help us,
and who will show his love for us through the covenant.
Spiritual leaders are to keep watch of the word, of Christ, of themselves, and of their people.
Elders should see themselves as servants, and the church should have a bent toward trusting them.
Why does Bethlehem have a church membership covenant? And how do they understand and practice church discipline?
John Piper says that a lack of growth isn't always your church's fault.
John Piper says that non-members miss out on the best pastoral care.
John Piper says it is biblical to commit yourself to a local church body.
In Episode 148, Pastor John explains Matthew 18 and the issue of church discipline.
Baptism & Church Membership