The Bible and Church Membership: Church Membership Is Biblical.
- The church is a community of God’s people.
- God’s people are called out of all people.
- The community is necessary for salvation.
- The community distinguishes between saved and unsaved, obedient and disobedient.
You and Church Membership: Seven Reasons People Don’t Join Local Churches.
- You were let down by a pastor.
- You were let down by a church member.
- You were let down by a church.
- You’re looking for the perfect church.
- You think you can have your needs met without becoming a member.
- You want to keep your options open.
- You just don’t want to commit.
NPAC and Church Membership: Five Reasons You Should Join New Prague Alliance Church.
- We treasure Jesus.
- We preach the Bible.
- We proclaim the gospel.
- We live honestly.
- We care empathetically.
Concluding Expectations for Members.
- Attend regularly.
- Attend communion particularly.
- Attend congregational meetings consistently.
- Pray Regularly.
- Give Regularly.
- Build relationships with other members.
- Submit to the church’s leaders.
- Serve faithfully as God gives opportunity.
“1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. 7Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:1-7 ESV).
What does it mean to be subject to your own husband?
“Submission refers to a wife’s divine calling to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts. It is not an absolute surrender of her will. Rather, we speak of her disposition to yield to her husband’s guidance and her inclination to follow his leadership. Christ is her absolute authority, not the husband. She submits ‘out of reverence for Christ’ (Ephesians 5.21). The supreme authority of Christ qualifies the authority of her husband. She should never follow her husband into sin. Nevertheless, even when she may have to stand with Christ against the sinful will of her husband (e.g., 1 Peter 3.1, where she does not yield to her husband’s unbelief), she can still have a spirit of submission—a disposition to yield. She can show by her attitude and behavior that she does not like resisting his will and that she longs for him to forsake sin and lead in righteousness so that her disposition to honor him as head can again produce harmony” (Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, 61).
Isn’t submission just an outdated cultural reference?
What kind of husband should a wife to be subject to?
Why should a wife be subject even to an unbelieving husband?