At the center of the Bible, at the very heart of the Gospel, is that God has one ultimate aim: To put his glory on display in every square inch of this world. One of the primary means God has chosen to put His glory on display is through a community of the redeemed, called the local church.
Listen to the words of Isaiah 43:6-7: “Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory.” You were created by God and you were redeemed (that is called by the name of God – “Christian”) for God’s glory. That’s why you were created and that’s why you were called…so that God would made much of in this world! You were redeemed so that God would make a name for Himself and magnify all of excellencies of His glory! That’s why you were made, that’s why you were saved!
We will see that the Bible teaches us that one of the chief ways God has chosen to put His glory on display is through a community of the redeemed called the local church. Which means the local church and church membership is at the very heart of what God is doing for His name in this world. You were created and saved for this very thing. Church membership is no trivial thing. It is not merely names on an irrelevant list. It is at the very heart of your Christian Life and at the very heart of God’s self-exalting mission in the world!