God’s family is just that–a family, a community. God did not just place individuals on the earth to fend for themselves. Rather, He made us social creatures. We have a need for relationships with God and with others. That’s a large part of why the church exists.
Christ once said, “For where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20. The Apostle Paul also tells us “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” – Romans 12:4-5
Therefore, membership in the church isn’t like membership at a country club or at Sam’s Club. It’s not something where you say, “What do I get for signing up?”
Membership in a church is becoming part of a community, being part of the body of Christ. In becoming a member, you state that you share the same faith and confession of the triune God and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. You recognize an accountability to the Lord and to your brothers and sisters in Christ to live in accord with God’s revealed word. You share the joys and struggles, the hopes and fears of your fellow members. And as a member, you pledge to be an active part of God’s work in this church through worship and service.