Church Membership in the Bible

Dr Peter Masters

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Christ has designed a ‘home’ or family for his people, described in these pages as an accomplishment of divine genius. This is a magnificent subject, vital to spiritual growth and blessing and also to our service for the Saviour.

This book answers many questions about churches and church membership in New Testament times. Next to having a real walk with Christ and knowing the doctrines of the faith, membership of a good church has a powerful formative influence on the believer’s life.


If there was no membership, if every man did that which was right in his own eyes, if everyone decided to carry out whatever form of Christian testimony he wished to engage in, then the Temple picture would be irrelevant, for it cannot depict anarchy and individualism. But the Lord, who has fashioned and made every believer physically, mentally and spiritually, has also designed a place for each one. The Lord calls his people into membership together, to be used by him, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is a wonderful orderliness about the local church, as designed and intended by God.

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– Really clear, useful explanation of biblical church membership.

– Helpful summary on the subject.

– This book is grounded in God’s Word. Nothing here that is not clearly stated in the Scriptures. If anyone claims the name Christian, he should be striving to please his Lord in everything. He must do God’s work in God’s way.

– Very good teaching about Biblical membership. An analysis is made of the biblical support of the believer’s membership and commitments to the body of Christ.

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