Membership is an informed commitment to the vision, mission, values, doctrine, and philosophy of ministry of GMS, a willing submission to the leadership of the church, and an intentional embrace of your unique role in the church family and our mission to Compton and Los Angeles.
The church has a blemished track record of allowing members to become observers and consumers while pastors/ministers, deacons, and staff are looked upon to provide services and do ministry. However, at GMS we are committed to equipping members to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12) and to operate in their gifts so that the church grows into a mature, healthy body (Ephesians 4:15-16). The pastor cannot meet every need in the church, nor can they singlehandedly impact our city. But a committed, entrepreneurial body of disciples of Jesus has the opportunity to make significant impact. It’s what God desires for us and from us. The GMS mission—making disciples to impact the city for Jesus—is a mission to be carried out by every member of the church.
The church is important because of its relationship to God. The church was purposed by God, built by Jesus, and purchased by the blood of Jesus. It is the family of God, the body and kingdom of Christ. Christ adds people to it.
The purpose of this study is to emphasize the need for every Christian to form a bond with a specific local church and become actively involved in its work.
Christians sometimes fail to see the need to be active in a specific local church.
Many passages refer to local churches (congregations) in particular localities (Acts 8:1; 13:1; Romans 16:1; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1; Colossians 4:16; etc.).
The question to consider is: How important is membership in a local church? May we please God just by being part of the church in general without recognizing any responsibility to a particular local church?
When major league ball players commit themselves to a local team, they must attend team meetings. But much more than that is required of ball players. When students enroll in a college, they are expected to attend classes; but much more than that is required. Likewise, local churches function in other ways in addition to assembling as a congregation. There is other work to do, and members should accept their responsibility to participate in that work.
Likewise, the Bible teaches that service to God requires "team" activity as well as individual activity. We do have individual responsibilities, yet each Christian must also identify himself as part of a faithful local church and then actively involve himself in the work of that church.