We are studying a book by Thom S. Rainer entitled “I Am A Church Member”. (Amazon link) It provides some excellent teaching about what it is like to be a Church member and what mistakes we need to identify to grow in our understanding of this important part of our lives.
Before the opening chapter, the Introduction tells the story of two good friends that have entirely different ideas of what Church membership is about. When you read the chapter you find that one sees themselves as part of an organization that must serve his needs, the other sees himself as one that is there to serve and put his own preferences aside.
I think it is just better to let you read that yourself, but one important point when considering the differences between these two men is stated this way in the book.
“I am proposing that we who are church members need to look in the mirror. I am suggesting that congregations across America are week because many of us church members have lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ”
And with this challenge, we begin a “journey” that in the author’s opinion helps us discover the “privilege and joy of church membership.” Additionally, he predicts one of two things will happen:
- you will have a new or renewed attitude about your church and learn the joy of being last instead of seeking to be first
- you will see your church change as it becomes healthier because one member is healthier – impacting our community and the world.
So the key to this I find is to honestly answer the question “Who are you thinking about right now? Yourself? Others?”
Post contributed by: Roger Kirkhart – Website Admin