Thom Rainer –
Have you ever caught yourself complaining about, or disgruntled with how your church is doing things? Do you find yourself grumbling about what other members are doing? Have you ever thought, “This is my church, I will not allow… (fill in the blank).
Many times, we tend to think of church membership as similar to a country club membership; If I become a member, then I will be given privileges and perks associated with it. With a country club membership, if you pay the monthly fees, you have access to the facilities, someone will serve you while you relax and enjoy a life of leisure. As Thom Rainer points out in this book, this understanding of membership is what many church members hold.
“This is my church, so you have to play the music the way I want it”
“Look pastor, you need to remember who pays your salary”.
“I’ve been a member of this church for over 30 years, so I have a right to get what I want.”
“I don’t pay good money to this church to listen to sermons that long.”
The list could take the rest of this page. Fortunately, Rainer doesn’t allow us to keep that mindset. The rest of this short book provides a perspective on church membership that should be adopted by every single member. Each one should be a functioning member. Every member should be unifying, deferring, praying, and teaching their family to be those as well. Church membership is a gift that is to be treasured.
Each chapter of this book has a short study guide and a commitment page. Thoroughly scriptural, intensely practical, easy to read, convicting and short, it is a fitting book to help us understand more about living out the “one anothers”. Get your copy at the Island Brow Bookstore, here.