Summary: The message today is based on a book written by Thom Rainer, titled, “I am A Church Member.” Thom is the President of Lifeway resources and spends a great deal of time researching all different kinds of churches!
Good morning. Last week Pastor Steve talked a little bit about how we all have our preferences when it comes to where we sit. Personally I sit in a different spot most weeks…
And I have met lots of great neighbors. Sometimes though I wonder how YOU feel when one of the pastors sits with you. Well, no matter where you’re sitting, we’re glad you are here.
We are in a series called, Membership Matters. At the end of this series on March 26th those of you who have attended the series or have listened to or watched the services online, you will have an opportunity to join the church as a member. Those who are already ,members you will have the opportunity to reaffirm your membership.
The message today is based on a book written by Thom Rainer, titled, “I am A Church Member.” Thom is the President of Lifeway resources and spends a great deal of time researching all different kinds of churches!
So the points I’m sharing come from Thom Rainer. The rest of the sermon, that’s all me. Basically, the parts that are good…those are mine, the rest is Thom Rainer! No, seriously, His book really captures what I personally believe are characteristics of great church members. (slide)
We thought about buying you each a copy of “I am a church member” but most of you don’t even read the bulletin so what are the chances you’d actually read the book? So, instead I thought we’d talk about it here, this morning as a part of our series, “Membership Matters.”
If you look at people born before 1946 you would discover that 66% of those people are members in churches, somewhere, some kind of church. If you look at millenials, young people today, who were born in the 80’s and 90’s, you would discover that only 15% of them are church members. BIG difference there.
Often when we hear about such differences we tend to get into critical mode. The older generation might say something like: “Well, young people don’t respect the things of God like we did…” or the millenials might say something like: “Well back in that day people just believed what they were told, they didn’t question the church or authority.”
Today I want us to avoid the temptation to look at others and make judgments about what kind of members THEY are, instead I want each of us to look in the mirror and ask the question: (slide) “What kind of church member am I?”
I remember going to my first 6th grade basketball game as a parent. I had to continually remind myself, “Self control Art. Self control.” I wanted to yell when the ref’s made a bad call. I wanted to critique the subs who went in instead of one of my sons. I wanted to let them know that MY child is better than that other kid! But I was aware that how I behaved reflected well or poorly on my church and more importantly on my Savior.
As a church member you are part of a local body of believers and how you behave both in the community and in the church will reflect well or poorly on EWC. So I want to talk to you today about 6 characteristics of great church member.
Open your Bibles or your Bible apps or look up at the screen as we take a look at 1 Corinthians chapter 12, beginning in verse 12. (slide)