Developing and Teaching a Biblical Theology of Church Membership at Pine Grove Church, Opelika, Alabama
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The purpose of this project is to develop and teach a biblical theology of church membership. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 is a study of the biblical and theological basis for church membership. This chapter focuses upon the New Testament's emphasis on the local church, church discipline, church leaders, the church as the body of Christ, and the New Testament's references to lists and records, noting the connection between these subjects and church membership. Chapter 3 discusses the theoretical and practical issues relating to church membership. Specifically, this chapter addresses the implications of membership as it relates to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Chapters 4 and 5 provide details of the implementation of this project, as well as various evaluations of the project's success.