What Is Church Membership?
"Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it." ~1 Corinthians 12:27
As a young adult, I never thought about becoming a member of a church. After high school, I thought the church was unmindful, and honestly romping outside my parent's house was a priority. Attending church was sparse. I showed up late and sometimes left earlier than precepts allowed. But later in life, I found that full membership in the church is both spiritual and physical.
Being baptized and confirmed in the Church brought me closer to a relationship with Jesus Christ and others. The actions of baptism and confirmation are physical aspects of church membership that later allow the probability of a spiritual experience. Both changed my life.
I believe that there are a lot of benefits to church membership. Below are my top 7:
- Unity. I like belonging to a larger community where I can contribute to keeping the Gospel Message alive.
- Appreciation. Christ made a sacrifice and serving others in His name is the least I can do.
- Prayer. At times I need to talk to God. The church has millions of beautiful prayers to practice.
- Greater than me. The body of Christ is vast and all members are called to the same house.
- Family. Having a family requires leadership. I strive to emulate the Head of the Church.
- Identificaiton. I identify as a Catholic and so, service, sacraments, and scripture lead my life.
- Holy Communion. I must receive Jesus in all ways, he is the bread of my life.