Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

By Jonathan Leeman, Foreword by Michael Horton

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Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus

By Jonathan Leeman, Foreword by Michael Horton

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Why should you join a church?

Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing a distaste or fear of commitment, especially of institutions.

Jonathan Leeman addresses these issues with a straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it’s important. Giving the local church its proper due, Leeman has built a compelling case for committing to the local body.

Part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series.

Read Chapter 1


Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks and cohost of the Pastors’ Talk podcast. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and teaches at several seminaries. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC, and is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter at @jonathanleeman.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 7.6 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3237-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3237-5
ISBN-UPC: 9781433532375
Case Quantity: 64
Published: April 30, 2012

Table of Contents

1.  We’ve Been Approaching It All Wrong 
2.  Membership Sightings in the New Testament 
3.  What Is a Church? What Is a Church Member? 
4.  What Are a Church and Its Members Like? 
5.  What Are the “Standards” of Membership? 
(Becoming a Member)
6.  How Should a Member Submit to a Church? 
(Being a Member)
7.  What Happens When Members Don’t Represent Jesus? 
8.  Must Membership Look the Same Everywhere? 


“Church leaders across many denominations will find this little book filled with practical ideas and good arguments that will help us cure Christians in our culture today of their allergy to church membership, pastoral authority, life accountability, and any limits to their personal freedom.”
Timothy Keller, Late Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City

“Brief, fresh, entertaining, and, above all, biblical. This is the explanation and defense of church membership you’ve been looking for.”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“Practical. Convicting. Biblically faithful. Leeman reminds us that church membership is not a choice but a demand. The book is punchy and provocative, but at the same time it is permeated with the gospel of grace.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary