11 February 2015

The Main Melody

by Frank Turk

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.

OK, so Kevin DeYoung made a post that resembles 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.


Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this, and especially for having the boldness to say (paraphrase): "If you can't see this in the New Testament, you're voted off the discussion island." Why endlessly entertain the notions of those who think so radically differently about the church than Jesus does?

Tim said...

Are there any non-pastors here who are in a church where it takes more determination to attend and endurance to stay than expectation and enjoyment?

FX Turk said...

You mean besides me?

Tim said...

It would be nice to talk with you sometime on how you do this, Frank. It's been a struggle for me over the years.

Michael Coughlin said...

Same here, Tim. If I'm understanding your question. Or, should I say, it has its peaks and valleys.

Happy to discuss it sometime, you can find me at michaelcoughlin.net just go to the contact me page.