The small groups at our church recently worked through Thom Rainer's book I Am A Church Member. It was a great study for our groups and I. “I am proposing that we who are church members need to look in the mirror. I am suggesting that congregations across America are weak because many of us. Based on an idea originally taken from this blog, I Am a Church Member discusses the attitudes and responsibilities of church members. Rainer addresses in.
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President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I Am a Church Member is a resource that is long past due. It is simple, yet profound. We intend to use it at. I Am A Church Member ~Session/Chapter 1: “I Will Be A Functioning Church Member” ~ Eph. 2: 19 – Opening Illustration & Introduction. A man was coming. I Am A Church Member Book Study. ~Chapter 2: I Will Be a Unifying Church Member. Discussion for Church Members, Small Groups, Ministry Teams and Bible.
Often in my experience Christians come to Church as consumers and forget that while yes; they need to be fed from the Word of God; as they are growing in Christ they also need to serve Christ. Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference. Read it and then buy copies for potential and new members. For many years, the Lord has used Thom Rainer to encourage and challenge church leaders to be evangelistic, raise expectations, design a discipleship process, reach millenials, etc. Becoming a Welcoming Church. Chapter four examines the importance of praying for church leaders. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
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Great book for the entire church to read 'I Am a Church Member' is an effective tool for churches and individuals to better understand how to make a difference in their church and community.
What Churches Are Saying 'Dr. Review One of the great privileges of my life is to pastor a local congregation of saints.
As a church member I have the privilege to unite with the body of Christ in making an eternal difference through my giftedness in His service. So much ink has been spilled to critique the church that it has almost become sport.
Church membership is the shape of Christian discipleship. For many years, the Lord has used Thom Rainer to encourage and challenge church leaders to be evangelistic, raise expectations, design a discipleship process, reach millenials, etc.
There are scores of books on what it means to be a good pastor of a church. Thom Rainer, with this incredibly valuable little book, has once again demonstrated why he is considered a leader among church leaders.
Thom Rainer has created a profound and practical resource to help two generations of Christians - those who have become too comfortable and even apathetic in the church and those of my generation who are inclined to abandon it altogether.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I found this book to be helpful in clarifying the difference between membership in the church versus membership in a Civic or Community organization. The church is a body, and the metaphor is important as all the members of a human body must function.
Likewise, each member of the local church has a part to play in God's mission and purpose. I would recommend this book for anyone who is already a church member, or someone considering the roles and responsibilities of being a biblical member of Christ's Church.
Hardcover Verified Purchase. One of the central issues of our day when it comes to the doctrine of the Church is interestingly enough, church membership. Many Christians today struggle with the idea of becoming or even being members of the Church.
Church membership is vital because the New Testament epistles were written in response to Christians gathering together in local churches under the authority and care of pastors and elders. Church membership is important not because it takes into account how many people are actually part of the Church thus affecting how money will be allocated in terms of a budget, but because church membership represents responsibility ordained by God.
It is in the context of the local Church where Christians are to one another each other. The over fifty one another passages in the New Testament make no sense apart from being a member of a local Church under qualified and godly biblical eldership. This is an important point to note.
Rainer believes firmly in church membership and has written about it on his blog. I have come to greatly appreciate Dr. His book I Am a Church Member is important for Christians to read to understand how to be a healthy church member. The book opens with a story of a man committed to staying at his local church and another who wants to leave.
In chapter one Dr. Rainer explores what it looks like to be a functioning member while in chapter two he looks at how to bring unity to the local church.
Chapter three explores preferences and desires not getting in the way of committing to the church. Chapter four examines the importance of praying for church leaders. The book concludes with looking at what it means to treasure church membership.
I Am A Church Member is a very good book that will challenge how Christian approach attending and being a part of the Church. Often in my experience Christians come to Church as consumers and forget that while yes; they need to be fed from the Word of God; as they are growing in Christ they also need to serve Christ.
This book will help Christians understand what their role and responsibilities are within the Church with the intended goal being that a healthy and functioning members of local churches help impact their work places and communities for the Gospel.
While what I just described is the heart of this book much more could be said about this excellent resource. This fabulous resource would be great for small groups to go through. Thom Rainer has given the Church a gift in I Am A Church Member, a book that I believe the Lord will use to help Christians understand the importance of the local Church and how they should approach their membership in it. Audio CD Verified Purchase. This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute www.
Thom Rainer in his book, I Am a Church Member, provides his audience with a clear, applicable commentary on how we, as church members, can better understand, appreciate, and enjoy our time in the church. Perhaps the first point that should be made is that this book's main audience is the new, disconnected, or frustrated Christian. Rainer repeatedly shares about people who come into the church, get excited, become more involved but ultimately see the flaws in the church.
What Rainer offers is that we have two choices. We can either accept the flaws of the men and women we serve with, or we can focus on these flaws and because of this drive ourselves out of the church. This is not to say that we as Christians don't all regardless of or time or position in the church need to here this message. We all experience frustration and burnout; however, the thrust of Rainer's purpose is how to get the disenfranchised Christian to understand what it really means to be a member of the church.
This book would prove extraordinarily useful in a home study, membership class, or small group study. What makes it most pertinent to these types of studies are the structure, the review, and the pledge. The book is broken into six, manageable sections that could easily be shared and discussed in under an hour. At the end of these sections are review questions.
These questions help not only with discussion of a group, but also with the reflection of an individual. Finally, each section ends with a pledge. Not unlike the Pledge of Allegiance that we recited in school, these pledges are there for each person to reflect on our personal responsibly and accountability to something greater: Trent Nicholson, Ph.
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Rainer has served us all well in this book. I Am a Church Member focuses on the priority that all followers of Jesus Christ should emphasize and that is to serve Him by serving others based on the Biblical instruction set forth in Scripture. His work takes root in each individual heart.
The same is true for churches. In I Am a Church Member , Thom Rainer reminds us that it is possible to have an effective, unified church body—even if the people in the pews have different opinions. What if they joined not only to be encouraged but to edify; not just to be served but to use their gifts and resources to serve?
Rainer bravely and insightfully answers these questions in I Am a Church Member —a book that every single congregant needs to have in their hands. It is life giving and vision lending to a pastor and his people as they engage in community.