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L.I.G.H.T.

Sheffield Chapel
Lessons 1 Joining the
Committed
Our Purpose Statement:
• Sheffield Chapel is an Evangelical Christian and Second Advent
church that exists to make God sup...
Is Church Membership Biblical?
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The Bible does not explicitly state anywhere that the local assembly of believe...
Is Church Membership Biblical?
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In the same way that the ceremonial and civil laws of the Old Covenant drew a
d...
Outside the Church
(Evangelism)
Occasional
Attendees
(Worship Service)
Regular Attendees
(Fellowship)
Mature Members
(Disc...
Key Questions
• What is the different understanding
of church those in the congregation
group have from those in the
commi...
Story from
“What is a Healthy Church Member?”
(p. 9-11)
Congregation = Church is a cruise ship!
Committed = Church is a battle ship!
Key Question
• How will the different perspectives deal with
interpersonal conflict when it arises (and it will)?
• How wi...
The
Christian
Life
The
Christian
Life

Foundation:
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
Rooms:
Theology
E.G.
Millennium

Rooms:
Theology
E.G.
Tongues

The
Christian
Life

Rooms:
Theology
E.G.
Baptism

Foundatio...
Load bearing
walls:
Uncompromising
theological
positions
E.G. Divinity of
Christ; Trinity,
etc.

Rooms:
Theology
E.G.
Mill...
Load bearing
walls:
Uncompromising
theological
positions

Glory of
God
Rooms:
Theology
E.G.
Millennium

Rooms:
Theology
E....
Frame:
Connects
foundation to
roof, holds
everything
together:
Delight in God

Load bearing
walls:
Uncompromising
theologi...
• Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the
desires of your heart.”
• Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice ...
Our Beginning Framework
“God is MOST glorified in me when I am MOST satisfied in Him”

Man’s Glory
Legalist
Libertarian
Lo...
Homework
(Follow the links)
• The Happiness of God: Foundation for Christian

• God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Mo...
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  1. 1. L.I.G.H.T. Sheffield Chapel Lessons 1 Joining the Committed
  2. 2. Our Purpose Statement: • Sheffield Chapel is an Evangelical Christian and Second Advent church that exists to make God supreme by radiating as a L.I.G.H.T. in a dark world. We exist to… – Learn the Word with our head (intellectually), heart (emotionally), and with our hands (practically). – To Invest in each other with a humble attitude that views others as better than ourselves (Phil. 2:3), as we administer God’s grace through our spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10) as well as in our community through good works (Eph. 2:10) and the world through evangelism, discipleship, and missions (Matt. 28:18-19). – To be Generous as people who manage the gifts of God expressed through our attitude, our character, our time, our material possessions, and our money (Matt. 25:14-46). – To be Holy, set apart for God’s use in full obedience and submission to His will (1 Peter 1:16). – To be Together through jubilation and tribulation.
  3. 3. Is Church Membership Biblical? • • • • The Bible does not explicitly state anywhere that the local assembly of believers must conduct membership classes and keep a membership list. However, there are passages that imply that some form of membership did exist. For example, Paul called for the formal exclusion of a particular sinner at the Corinthian church. Such a formal exclusion certainly seems to presuppose a formal inclusion. Paul makes a clear distinction between those “inside” and those “outside” the church: “for what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (1 Cor. 5:2, 7, 12-13). Paul's reference to “the majority” in 2 Cor. 2:6-7 seems to refer to a group commonly recognized as the church's members: “Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.” The early church kept various lists. We know from the widow list mentioned in 1 Timothy 5:9 that lists of people were kept and tracked. If widows were listed, it is likely that a list of current members was kept and updated as well. In the book of Acts we read the phrase “they were added to their number daily.” Numbers represent people and if numbers were kept then certainly somewhere lists of members were no doubt also kept. God Himself keeps a list of all believers in the Lamb’s book of life, giving us a precedent for doing the same in this temporal world (Phil. 4:3; Rev. 21:27).
  4. 4. Is Church Membership Biblical? • • • • In the same way that the ceremonial and civil laws of the Old Covenant drew a distinction between Israel and surrounding nations so church membership may play a similar practical role in our surrounding culture. Scripture repeatedly commands Christians to submit to their leaders (Heb. 13:17; 1 Thess. 5:12-13). The only way to do that is by publicly committing to be members of their flock, and saying in effect, “I commit to listening to your teaching, following your direction, and to submitting to your leadership.” There’s no way to obey the scriptural commands to submit to your leaders if you never actually submit to them by joining a local church. Still, it remains that some avoid membership like the plague much like many in our modern culture are content to date their significant other, but fear crossing the threshold of commitment into marriage. Thus many are flirting, or worse, fornicating with the church, but she is just one mistress among many for them. Membership on the other hand is marital commitment. It is devotion. It moves a person from consumer to contributor, from life as a lazyboy to life as a lion of Christ. D.L. Moody once heard his friend say something that impacted his entire life. Henry Varley, the British evangelist remarked, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Without formal education, and nearly no formal training, Moody shook the world and countless souls for Christ. Membership isn’t about the quantity of numbers, but the quality of Christ in us, the hope of glory. May you serve zealously for the LORD!
  5. 5. Outside the Church (Evangelism) Occasional Attendees (Worship Service) Regular Attendees (Fellowship) Mature Members (Discipleship) Ministry Leaders
  6. 6. Key Questions • What is the different understanding of church those in the congregation group have from those in the committed and core group? • Note the following anecdote and two analogies.
  7. 7. Story from “What is a Healthy Church Member?” (p. 9-11)
  8. 8. Congregation = Church is a cruise ship!
  9. 9. Committed = Church is a battle ship!
  10. 10. Key Question • How will the different perspectives deal with interpersonal conflict when it arises (and it will)? • How will the different perspectives handle uncomfortable, convicting, or biblically offensive sermons? • How will the different perspectives treat their duty and responsibility with regard to growth and service in the body of Christ? – Cf. Eph. 6:12; 4:26-27; 1 Pet. 4:8; Dan. 10; Mark 13:33-37. • How do you encourage someone to move from one ship to another? (Answer: The committed should invite others to LIFE groups, Praise & Prayer, Sunday School, events, etc.)
  11. 11. The Christian Life
  12. 12. The Christian Life Foundation: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  13. 13. Rooms: Theology E.G. Millennium Rooms: Theology E.G. Tongues The Christian Life Rooms: Theology E.G. Baptism Foundation: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  14. 14. Load bearing walls: Uncompromising theological positions E.G. Divinity of Christ; Trinity, etc. Rooms: Theology E.G. Millennium Rooms: Theology E.G. Tongues The Christian Life Rooms: Theology E.G. Baptism Foundation: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  15. 15. Load bearing walls: Uncompromising theological positions Glory of God Rooms: Theology E.G. Millennium Rooms: Theology E.G. Tongues The Christian Life Rooms: Theology E.G. Baptism Foundation: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  16. 16. Frame: Connects foundation to roof, holds everything together: Delight in God Load bearing walls: Uncompromising theological positions Glory of God Rooms: Theology E.G. Millennium Rooms: Theology E.G. Tongues The Christian Life Rooms: Theology E.G. Baptism Foundation: The Gospel of the Kingdom of God
  17. 17. • Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” • Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” • Romans 5:2, “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” • Psalm 43:4, “Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy.” • Psalm 70:4, “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’” • Psalm 63:3, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” • Jn 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. Jn 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. Jn 17:34 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves .
  18. 18. Our Beginning Framework “God is MOST glorified in me when I am MOST satisfied in Him” Man’s Glory Legalist Libertarian Love without judgment Judgment without love Political Kingdom God’s Glory Christ is my Lord – obedience Christ is my Savior – gratitude -Not connected to obedience -Called to “live by faith”, “walk by faith” not “live by gratitude” or “walk by gratitude.” -E.G. Analogy of Christmas gift giving Christian Hedonism Psalm 37:4; 63:1; 42:1-2; 36:8; 34:8; 16:11
  19. 19. Homework (Follow the links) • The Happiness of God: Foundation for Christian • God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Mos • • • • Conversion to Christ: the Making of a Christian H Worship: the Feast of Christian Hedonism Love: the Labor of Christian Hedonism Desiring God by John Piper (free book to go along with the Christian Hedonism series, pdf)
  20. 20. L.I.G.H.T. Sheffield Chapel Lessons 1 Joining the Committed

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