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These applications of the body metaphor should be reflected in what we expect from church members. As the members of the physical body love and care for each other, such should be part of the church member’s commitment. Even more, as the body grows to maturity only “by the proper working of each individual part” (Ephesians 4:16), so all members of the body must be committed to finding and filling their proper role a ministry with of the body. Membership is no light matter but has both significant privileges and challenging responsibilities when it is seen as membership in a body.

Those Who Must Give an Account

“Church Membership, Church Discipline, and the Nature of the Church”

John S. Hammett