Friday, October 01, 2010Why You Should Join the Church: by John MacArthur In light of the current series of “How to Get Apologetics in Your Church,” this sermon audio by John MacArthur is extremely important and relevant: Why You Should Join the Church. Full MP3 Audio here. (47min) Read transcript here. Enjoy. Apologetics315 is a non-profit ministry. You can support this work here. Do you do your shopping at Amazon? If so, using this Amazon link supports Apologetics315. In the UK? Use this UK Amazon link. By Brian Auten on October 1, 2010 at 6:30 am Topics: apologetics, audio, church, John MacArthur, mp3 3 comments 0 Related How to Get Apologetics in Your Church: Apologetics Movie Night How to Get Apologetics in Your Church: Leading Apologetics in Small Groups 3 Comments Wes Widner October 1, 2010 Why you should join the church is essentially the same question as "why should I be saved". The two are inseparable. Problems come in, however, when we use "church" to mean a 501c3 non-profit organization. In that case it is less clear that one is under obligation to join any such organization, much less a particular one. pds October 1, 2010 We are under obligation to encourage and strenghten other believers ie the Church. The NT Church, as far as I know, was made up of communities and rarely isolated individuals. Strictly speaking, this doesn't need to take place in an organisation, but since the Church/believers are often found in organisations why not join one? LDW October 2, 2010 Is it possible to fellowship with, encourage, and strengthen other believers without joining a denomination? (501c3 organization) Yes it is. Is it possible to do the aforementioned without being a member of the body of Christ? It is impossible. It seems to me, that being a member of Christian fellowship, (ecclesia)is a foundational aspect of being a believer, joining a church is not.