What does it mean to join a church?

Grace for my Heart

It’s Monday Grace!

Some will chuckle at the idea that joining the church comes right after going to Hell in my list of “What does it mean?” It reminds me of the church bulletin blooper:

“At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice. “

Many who read here have had trouble with church. Some have been made to feel unwelcome. Others find little that connects with their lives. Still others have been disciplined or rejected. The rest of us have our own church stories, some good and some not so good.

So, I have to begin these thoughts with a disclaimer: the Scriptures never say that a person should go through classes or paperwork or examination to become a member of a local church. Church leaders have created this process as a way of welcoming only those…

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