Listen to a sermon by Jonathan Leeman on Philippians 2 entitled Church Membership and Love. (Grace Baptist Church of Arlington)
Read an interview with Jonathan Leeman at Internet Monk.
Jonathan Leeman addresses the commonly asked (and often unanswered) question of, "Why should I join a church?" in a time when many are shunning the practice of organized religion. By offering a brief, straightforward explanation of what church membership is and why it's important, Leeman gives the local church its proper due and builds a case for committing to the local body. Church Membership is a useful tool for churches to distribute en masse to new and potential members of their congregation.
This volume is part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series. Look for upcoming, quick-read formats of the following marks of a healthy church: expositional preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, conversion, evangelism, church discipline, discipleship and growth, and church leadership.
About the Author
Jonathan Leeman attends Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. He has his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is presently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Wales. He serves as director of communications for 9Marks and is editor of its eJournal. He is the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in the Washington DC area.
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: April 2012
ISBN 10: 1433532379
ISBN 13: 9781433532375
“Church leaders across many denominations will find this little book filled with practical ideas and good arguments that will help us cure Christians in our culture today of their allergy to church membership, pastoral authority, life accountability, and any limits to their personal freedom.”
- Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“Brief, fresh, entertaining, and, above all, biblical. This is the explanation and defense of church membership you’ve been looking for.”
- Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC; President, 9Marks
“Practical. Convicting. Biblically faithful. Leeman reminds us that church membership is not a choice but a demand. The book is punchy and provocative, but at the same time it is permeated with the gospel of grace.”
- Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“We live in an age where people relate to and make decisions about church much like they do with a restaurant. We desperately need to be awakened from our consumeristic slumber. This book is the wake-up call that is needed to turn church consumers into gospel participants.”
- Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, MO; author, For the City and Church Planter