This is a very good piece by @RevKevDeYoung http://t.co/AbwRs4143b But I have a suggestion about it, which will appear at TeamPyro
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First of all, Nice to see all of you. Long time no see. Can't wait for the audio from the conference to be up so you can see what you missed. If you profit from it, that conference was offered for free by Copperfield Bible Church, and you should contact them to see how you can support their ministry to you and the rest of the interwebs.
something said long ago, and I endorse What RevKev wrote completely. But: I have something to add.
I endorse the idea that joining a church is not merely coming and sitting, and that there is something sacrificial in becoming members of one body. I don't just endorse it: I think I am not interested in the opinions of anyone who is not attempting it in some meaningful way.
What concerns me is this: the part "you personally need to join" is the harmony line in the spiritual song. The main melody is this: "the church must welcome in believers."
I'm not going to unpack that for you except to say this: You can't read the first letter to the Thessalonians and not get the feeling that even under persecution, it would have been great to live with those people. Your church ought to be the same way. You ought to be making it that way.