Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Growing...

Our church is increasing in size in these days. The Lord is bringing new members our way, and the growth is exciting. Obviously, this is increasing the size of our church, and I do believe that true Kingdom growth is the conversion of persons to Christ. However, at times and in different seasons, the Lord allows growth of existing believers to occur, perhaps to strengthen a body, or to strengthen those new members, or both. We are in a great season in the life of the church, which causes me to ask, just what is healthy church membership? One book I recommend is Thabiti Anyabwile's book "What Is A Healthy Church Member?" (It's on our book table).
You see, there are so many competing views of what church membership and members should look like. My prayer is that for our existing membership as well as the new members, there will be a desire to Biblically exist in the body of the church...not to change her for change sake, or to try to make her fit our cognitive molds for what church should be, but rather to exist out of a Biblical call for the church.