Paul the apostle often wrote about the church. He would, on occasion, refer to those who are “inside” and to those who are “outside.” The obvious question becomes, “Outside of what?” Acts 5:13 uses the word “join” which only makes sense in the context of membership. If you would like to learn more, click here. At BBC, we ask you to commit to church membership for four reasons:

A Biblical Reason: Christ is committed to the church. It is the only institution that He left behind here on earth. “…Christ loved the church, and He gave His life for it.” (Ephesians 5:25 GN)

A Cultural Reason: It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very few want to be committed to anything…a job…a marriage…our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “shoppers and hoppers.” Membership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion”. It is an unselfish decision. Commitment always builds character.

A Practical Reason: It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and recommends voter registration. Membership defines our family.

A Personal Reason: It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.