Neat Little Book, A Review of, I Am A Church Member by Thom S. Rainer
November 18, 2014
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.
WE BOUGHT THIS TO SHARE WITH OUR CHURCH MEMBERS. VERY EASY, QUICK READ. LOTS OF GOOD RESPONSE FROM YOUNG TO OLD MEMBERS. EVERYONE ONE SEEMS MORE READY TO TAKE OWNERSHIP & WORK HARDER TO MAKE THE CHURCH FUNCTION.