Our true nature as the church, and as Christians, is corporate.
Sure, we respond personally to the gospel and enjoy a personal relationship with the Father through the Son. But while our relationship to God is a deeply personal one, it is never a merely private affair. Throughout the history of redemption, God has been acting to save a people, not a disconnected group of isolated individuals (1 Peter 2:9-10).
It is a key assumption of New Testament teaching that the Christian life is to be lived out in relationship with other believers in the context of the local church. Although we enter into relationship with God as individuals, we nevertheless enter into something greater than our own individuality: the church – the community of God’s people.
Membership does not divide. On the contrary, it unites the local church and enables individuals to have greater opportunities to serve within the church and be on mission with the church.
Please talk to our pastors if you have any questions or would like to know more about how to become a member at Maranatha.