CHURCH MEMBERSHIP IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO GRASP HOLD OF EACH OTHER IN RESPONSIBILITY AND LOVE. BY IDENTIFYING OURSELVES WITH A PARTICULAR CHURCH, WE LET THE PASTORS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THAT LOCAL CHURCH KNOW THAT WE INTEND TO BE COMMITTED IN ATTENDANCE, GIVING, PRAYER, AND SERVICE. WE ALLOW FELLOW BELIEVERS TO HAVE GREAT EXPECTATIONS OF US IN THESE AREAS, AND WE MAKE IT KNOWN THAT WE ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS LOCAL CHURCH. WE ASSURE THE CHURCH OF OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST IN SERVING WITH THEM, AND WE CALL FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO SERVE AND ENCOURAGE AS WELL.


MARK DEVER "NINE MARKS OF A HEALTHY CHURCH"