Friday, October 01, 2010

Why You Should Join the Church: by John MacArthur

In light of the current series of "How to Get Apologetics in Your Church," this sermon audio by John MacArthur is extremely important and relevant: Why You Should Join the Church.

Full MP3 Audio here. (47min) Read transcript here.



Wes Widner said...

Why you should join the church is essentially the same question as "why should I be saved". The two are inseparable.

Problems come in, however, when we use "church" to mean a 501c3 non-profit organization. In that case it is less clear that one is under obligation to join any such organization, much less a particular one.

pds said...

We are under obligation to encourage and strenghten other believers ie the Church. The NT Church, as far as I know, was made up of communities and rarely isolated individuals.

Strictly speaking, this doesn't need to take place in an organisation, but since the Church/believers are often found in organisations why not join one?

LDW said...

Is it possible to fellowship with, encourage, and strengthen other believers without joining a denomination? (501c3 organization) Yes it is. Is it possible to do the aforementioned without being a member of the body of Christ? It is impossible.

It seems to me, that being a member of Christian fellowship, (ecclesia)is a foundational aspect of being a believer, joining a church is not.

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