Recovering Biblical Church Membership at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Connelly Springs, North Carolina
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ABSTRACT RECOVERING BIBLICAL CHURCH MEMBERSHIP AT MT. HEBRON BAPTIST CHURCH, CONNELLY SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA Eric Byron James, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019 Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Donald S. Whitney The purpose of this project was to lead the body of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Connelly Springs, North Carolina, to develop a process of maintaining a biblical church membership as a result of a biblical understanding of church membership and the practice of accountability. Chapter 1 defines the goals of the project, ministry context, rationale, definitions, limitations, delimitations, and research methodology. Chapter 2 defines the biblical practice of church membership by exploring 1 Corinthians 6:15, 10:16-17, 11:27-29, 12:12-26; Romans 12:3-5; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:18,24; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 1 Corinthians 3:9-17; 1 Peter 2:5; Mark:3-35; Acts 4:32-37; 1 Corinthians 1:10-11, 6:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:14-16. Chapter 3 explores the theoretical issues related to biblical church membership and practical ways to implement it in a local context. Chapter 4 describes the process by which this project was implemented. Chapter 5 records the results and evaluation of the project that consisted of a six-week sermon series and changes in church by-laws.