I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference - eBook  -     By: Thom S. Rainer
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B&H Books / 2013 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781433679780
ISBN-13: 9781433679780
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Publisher's Description

Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. "I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members -- rather than the functional and theological issues -- that previous new member primers all but ignored.


Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.

Six intentional chapters with study questions guide this rising discussion:

1. I Will Be a Unifying Church Member
2. I Will Not Let the Church Be About My Preferences and Desires
3. I Will Pray for My Church Leaders
4. I Will Lead My Family to Be Healthy Church Members
5. I Will Be a Functioning Member
6. I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

Author Bio

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best seller Simple Church. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    On the mark.
    January 10, 2015
    Ewald
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A very thought provoking book and will be very useful as a small group tool. It definitely helped me understand the mindset that some church members have and brought clarity to my rile as well.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Informative
    January 9, 2015
    TLG
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I thought "I Am a Church Member" was a very informative book. It gave great Biblical insight into what it takes to be an effective church member other than just acknowledging your membership. It was also a quick, easy read. I passed it on when I was done so that it can be a blessing to others.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this is an awsome book
    November 24, 2014
    turtle
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    this was shared with me and i have been sharing with other Christians. it makes you really step back and re-evaluate what your responsibilities are as a church member. i am going to teach this in my women's group. my friend is already teaching this and has also included men in her bible study.
  4. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this is an awsome book
    November 24, 2014
    turtle
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    this was shared with me and i have been sharing with other Christians. it makes you really step back and re-evaluate what your responsibilities are as a church member. i am going to teach this in my women's group. my friend is already teaching this and has also included men in her bible study.
  5. Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Neat Little Book, A Review of, I Am A Church Member by Thom S. Rainer
    November 18, 2014
    Snyder's Soapbox
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Pastor at the SBC Church I attend gave these booklets out to everyone last Sunday after Service as an early Christmas present. It didnt take long to read. I am a slow reader, so for me that is saying something. It was pretty concise and brief. Packed in a small booklet between two hard covers is a primer, if you will, on being in The Church and being in A Church simultaneously, instead of one or the other. The ideas inside this book truly express the gospel, and what it means to be part of the body. I encourage all new Christians and those of us who have matured to read this booklet. For the younger folks it will help them understand what this is all about and for us a bit further along it will help us remember what we are to be about. We arent in a social club, even though we socialize with one another. We arent there for the benefits, even though we do benefit from corporate worship and ministry to the body. We are there for the love of God and the worship of Him who made us. In the abounding overflow of His love expressed to us by Christ crucified we should lavish that same love on the body as we minister to each other and share the glorious gospel of Jesus with those who have never heard. As a healthy body, made of healthy members, we can magnify Christ and glorify God, through the proclamation of His gospel, His word, and our love for one another. This book is a great reminder and primer.

    Some complain that this is legalistic or that the scripture verses are out of context. Some also complain about the contracts at the end of every chapter. I answer that by saying you need to look at the intent of the book. You dont have to sign the contracts and turn them in. They arent binding. I think they are kind of silly myself. As an entire mission, I agree that the local Church needs to shape up, but it cant be done by people obligatorily signing up for things. The idea within this booklet is for you to have a changed heart and then youll want to do the things within the booklet. The problem with the Church is that it is full of unchanged people. You cant expect them to, get on board when they arent even on the team. So to the critics, I ask, Are you sure you are saved? If you are then you wont hate the Church.
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