On Church Membership


Internet Monk is beginning a series on church membership; here’s

Installment One

Jonathan Leeman’s words are a refreshing counter to the low-commitment, who-needs-the-church approach that is apparently in vogue in certain “evangelical” circles these days. Absent a serious commitment to an evangelical church of some sort (and I can muster a great deal of leeway on what that might look like), I’m not sure how a person can take seriously the demands of New Testament discipleship.


  1. M.EMMANUEL on August 23, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I NEED YOUR FELLOWSHIP MOST BELOVED DIRECTOR IN CHRIST,Greetings AND Love PRAISE THE LORD I CAME TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR DEDICATION, LOVE, SERVICE recently and like to have your fellowship. I AM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN TELLING ABOUT OUR MINISTRY, MY TESTIMONEY I am pastor.M.Emmanuel serving the lord through jesus loving CHURCH Ministries which holds evangelistic meetings and crusades in the suburb and in the villages. It is a young Church of about 200 members in the town of Mandapeta where. About 80,0000people are living, Eighty women do attend the church services. The rest are the youths, and over 100 children who are dedicated to God. I am married to my beloved wife Latha and we are blessed of two Children, Melvin 4years years and Joy,6 years. I and my wife were both born and brought up in a Christian Family. . I was born in a family of spiritual parents. My father is Bro.M.Subbarao and my mother is Mrs.Suvarnabai . I have been in the Ministry for over nine years now. We meet OVER FIVE TIMES PER week. THE PURPOSE IS TO PRAY, HAVE FELLOWSHIP AND WORD DISCUSSION TOGETHER, PRAISE & WORSHIP GOD, TEACHING AND PREACHING THE STRONG WORD OF GOD SO THE MEMBERS ARE EQUIPED IN THE SPIRITUAL THINGS OF THE LIVING GOD. WE ARE HELPING TO MEN WHO ARE SEEKING RECOVERY FROM THE DISEASE OF ALCOHOLISM AND SMOKING AND DRUGS ADDICTION BY PROVIDING MEDICAL TREATMENT, COUNSELING, PROVIDING THEM SHELTAR AND FOOD. NOW IN THIS MONTH WE HAVE STARTED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUILDING FOR THIS PURPOSE SPECIALLY , THE STRUCTURE CAME TO UPTO LINTEL LEVEL, I AM REQUESTING YOUR HELP AND PRAYERS. ALSO TO empower the homeless I feel STRONGLY convicted in my heart to write this to implore the possibility of establishing a good relationship as we pray for one another, share visions and visit each other at God’s appointed time on mission exchange. I do believe that God has a special purpose and plan in this as we we will continue to relate. I have written this letter in Good faith after dilligent prayer.. I went to keep on praying for a person like you and about the organization that can offer to have ministry exchange with our church, and I was blessed to find your Fellowship name. I kindly request that you stand with us in fervent prayer. If God touches you in any way to feel lead to VISIT IN OUR MINISTRY AND MINISTER to us in any way God leads you to, either by sharing with a friend, a pastor, a church, a family or any other individual who would like to visit us on mission, we shall appreciate so much and the glory goes back to God. I don’t know if you May be having other commitments in mission apart from ministry in your town and Nation but I do pray that you make serious consideration of us too. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY, MINISTRY AND CHURCH . PLEASE GIVE REPLY IN HIS GRACE AND LOVE PASTOR.M.EMMANUEL, jesus loving CHURCH, 17.2.22, RAVULAPETA, MANDAPETA.533308, INDIA

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