Are you excited about the subject of church membership? I didn’t think so. Be warned, after you hear this discussion you will probably be eager to buy Jonathan Leeman’s book, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love.
Jonathan Leeman, Matt Schmucker, John Folmar and Mark Dever gather to talk about this book and the subject of church membership.
The consumeristic mindset, the multiplicity of options, and the worry of buyers remorse, hinders people from making commitments in everything from jobs, to spouses, to restaurants, to houses. Commitment binds us. And in a culture where the maximization of short term pleasure is a premium, binding commitments are threatening. Binding commitments are made to prevent individuals from living by caprice and fancy. They are freedom curtailing. They are pleasure postponing.
Leeman, obviously, is pro church membership, and he, as well as the other participants, makes a very strong case for church membership independent of church polity.
This is one discussion that is perhaps one of 9 Marks best, in my opinion. I’ve ordered the book.