There are several benefits to being a member of a congregation of the Lord’s church. In years past, the invitation at the end of each sermon would often include an invitation to “place membership,” but why is this important?
Accountability – Being members of a congregation enables a level of accountability we would not otherwise have. Early Christians assembled for worship (Acts 20:7), and Hebrews 10:25, commands us to gather for worship. As members, others will expect, encourage, and be encouraged by our attendance. Likewise, our absence should provoke some level of concern, exhortation, and even admonishment when necessary.
Oversight – As a congregation with elders, we realize the great spiritual benefit of their oversight. Elders are charged with guarding the flock (Acts 20:28), protecting the congregation from false teaching (Tit. 1:7-10), and standing up to those who would seek to harm us spiritually. As valuable as our souls are, having qualified men to care for our souls is a great benefit.
Opportunity – Every Christian must serve God and others. As members of the congregation, we have opportunities to serve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ, which we would not otherwise have.
We are spiritually blessed to be members of the body of Christ and this congregation!