“The Bible Doesn’t Say ‘Join a Church,’ So Why Should I?” by David Schrock

Has anyone ever questioned you (like they have me) about why church membership is so important if “the Bible never mentions it”? If so, you should read (and have them read) my friend David Schrock’s recent post on why church membership is biblical even though the Bible doesn’t expressly say to join a church. Dave is the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour, IN, a Ph.D. student in theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he blogs at “via emmaus.”

Here’s the link to the post: http://viaemmaus.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/the-bible-doesnt-say-join-a-church-so-why-should-i/



  1. It may not say to join a church ,but it does say “for as the body is one,and hath many members of that one body,being many,are one body so also is Christ.For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,whether we be Jfefws or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”1Corinthians 12:12,13

  2. Kris: the one body is referring to the universal body of believers and we all have different gifts.
    The “church” model of the fellowship of the ecclesia of Christ actually makes one man called a “pastor” the center of all the gifts and all work depends on him.
    The scripture you quote actually condemns that idea that one “pastor” is to do all the spiritual work while the “laity” does nothing. Paul is closing the clergy laity gap with this verse and saying
    there is no clergy laity. To be a laity is to not be a part of Christ. We are all to excercise a gift and it is not all just for one man to do on sunday.
    Discipleship, evangelism, teaching, leading, administrating, admonishing encourageing etc… these are all for the body of Christ to do in their neighborhoods and families. Not for one man to do at a location far from home.


    1. Joshua,

      I don’t think Kris is arguing for any particular type of model here, although I agree that the one you mention in which the pastor is expected to function as if he has all of the gifts is certainly not biblical. I don’t think all “church” models have to lead to this though. Only unhealthy ones do.

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