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Author: Jonathan Leeman
How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus
Why should you join a church?
Becoming a member of a church is an important, and often neglected, part of the Christian life. Yet the trend these days is one of shunning the practice of organized religion and showing a distaste or fear of commitment, especially of institutions.
Jonathan Leeman addresses these issues with a straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it’s important. Giving the local church its proper due, Leeman has built a compelling case for committing to the local body.
Table of Contents:
1. We’ve Been Approaching It All Wrong
2. Membership Sightings in the New Testament
3. What Is a Church? What Is a Church Member?
4. What Are a Church and Its Members Like?
5. What Are the “Standards” of Membership? (Becoming a Member)
6. How Should a Member Submit to a Church? (Being a Member)
7. What Happens When Members Don’t Represent Jesus?
8. Must Membership Look the Same Everywhere?
About the author:
Jonathan Leeman (MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington, DC. He serves as director of communications for 9Marks and is the editor of its eJournal. Leeman is the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love and has been published in several major newspapers and Christian periodicals. He is currently a PhD candidate in theology at the University of Wales.