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February 26th, 2015

Why Join?

Starting this Sunday, March 1, at 9:45 am in the Althouse Room, I will be leading a four-week “Pastor’s Class.”  If you plan to attend, it’s helpful to let me know at 828.328.6196 x202 or [email protected]

The Pastor’s Class is the path to membership, but attending the class does not obligate you to join Corinth.  It’s also a good way to get to know the church better and find out how to connect.

But let’s talk about that “joining” thing.  There’s a danger in making this case too strong, because I can’t imagine God reviewing your life on Judgment Day saying, “I notice you didn’t JOIN that church.  What’s your problem?”

Still, here are some good reasons to join —

The piece of paper.  We give you a really nice membership certificate.  Why is that important?  It’s symbolic, but so is your marriage license and your college diploma.  It’s a symbol of something very significant – a turning point, a fresh start, a commitment.  There are those who say a wedding is “just a piece of paper,” but I disagree – strongly.  I also digress.

Public profession.  Churches have different ways of giving opportunity to make or reaffirm a commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord before others.  Jesus himself indicated the importance of such a profession.  Joining the church is one very public way of saying, “I belong to Jesus and to his family.”

Humility.  Maybe there’s something about our church you don’t like.  Maybe it’s our denomination.  Maybe it’s our budget. Maybe it’s an individual you think is a hypocrite.  You won’t get any argument from me that our church is imperfect, that we have blind spots we don’t know about.  (The reason they’re called blind spots is that we don’t see them.)  But let’s agree that you’ve also got a few spiritual warts of your own, and let’s seek the Lord together.

Battling the culture.  We’re a low-commitment society, and most of us would agree that’s not particularly healthy.  How do you fight back and show you’re not just in a church while it tickles your fancy or as long as it meets your needs?  You join.

Our radar.  We certainly have many disconnected members and many well-connected non-members.  But we try to respect your space until you let us know you want to give and serve and receive pastoral care and accountability.

I have more reasons, but I don’t have more space.

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