What do you mean by the Church?
The Church is the ‘people of God’, linked not by family relation-ships, but by relationship with Jesus Christ as ‘one body in him’. Some belong to Christ’s new community from birth because they are brought up within it. Some come into the community at a later age by deliberate choice. All remain within the community of the people of God because they acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.
What do you mean by membership?
Members of the Church have made a public commitment to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and serve within his Church. They have made promises to God and to each other. Together they are open to the demands Jesus will make on them through other people. Together they receive and share forgiveness and power.
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Download: Talking about Church Membership