Tragically, many Christians are not biblical church members. Equally true is that a vast number of Christians have no idea what that even means. They come from or attend churches where Scripture is not a primary concern, and have never been accurately taught from the Word of God what it means to be a biblical member of Christ’s church.
The New Testament teaches that Christians are the body of Christ with certain responsibilities and duties to perform in the church. Christians also belong to a family, with obligations to every brother and sister in Christ. For these reasons, every member is required to engage in the church in the way the Bible explicitly prescribes.
In Three Hallmarks of a Biblical Church Member, Tom Pennington identifies from Scripture three nonnegotiable hallmarks that every Christian must pursue to be a biblical church member. Tom challenges believers to assess their own involvement in Christ’s church to determine if they are truly biblical members—not only for the health of the church, but for the glory of the One who gave His life for the church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Tom Pennington has served as Pastor-Teacher at Countryside Bible Church in Southlake, Texas since 2003. Prior to arriving in Texas, Tom served in various roles at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California for 16 years. His ministry at Grace included being an elder, Senior Associate Pastor, and the personal assistant to John MacArthur. Tom was also an adjunct faculty member of The Master’s Seminary and Managing Director of Grace to You.
Tom is a graduate of Bob Jones University and holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) from The Master’s University. In addition to his role at Countryside, Tom travels internationally to train pastors in expository preaching. He currently serves as the Dean of the Dallas Distance Location of The Master’s Seminary where he also is an adjunct professor. He teaches various pastoral and preaching courses.
Foreword – Rocky Wyatt
Hallmark #1 - Corporate Worship
1. Worship in the Church
2. The Priority of Corporate Worship
3. The Elements of Corporate Worship
4. The Practice of Corporate Worship
Hallmark #2 - Service
5. Service in the Church
6. Speaking and Serving Gifts
Hallmark #3 - Fellowship
7. Fellowship in the Church