"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
Jesus (John 13:35)
Jesus said the world will know we are his disciples not by our servant evangelism, though it will know we are disciples when we evangelize; not by what we teach, though our teaching is clearly Christian. But Jesus said the world will know we are Christians by the love we show our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that the local church is ground zero for demonstrating such love.
But who are the brothers and sisters we are to love? Who is the "church?" The answer to those questions lie at the heart of our understanding of church membership. Joining a local church is an outward refection of an inward love, a visible sign of the love in our hearts for God and one another. The church is to be a visible manifestation of the gospel.
Many Christians today believe that church membership - officially joining with your name on a list and all that goes with it - is outdated traditionalism that should be abandoned. At Mount Vernon, we believe the New Testament is clear in teaching that if you say you're a Christian then you will commit yourself to other Christians in a local church. To be identified with Christ is to be identified with his people. The church is, after all...
God's Building (1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 1 Peter 2:5)
Christ's Body (Romans 12:1-5)
God's Flock (1 Peter 5:1-3)
God's Family (1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 1:5)
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