What is a Healthy Church Member?

1. A Healthy Church Member is an Expositional Listener

Expositional listening is listening for the meaning of a passage of Scripture and accepting that meaning as the main idea to be grasped for our personal and corporate lives as Christians.

2. A Healthy Church Member is a Biblical Theologian

The Bible is God’s self-revelation. So to practice biblical theology is to know God himself and to be committed to understanding the grand themes and doctrines of the Bible.

3. A Healthy Church Member is Gospel Saturated

We not only understand the gospel (the good news of Jesus Christ) but we memorize the gospel, pray the gospel, sing the gospel, review how the gospel has changed us, and study the gospel.

4. A Healthy Church Member is Genuinely Converted

In conversion the Spirit grants the twin graces of repentance and faith to sinners who turn from their sin and turn to God through faith in Jesus Christ.

5. A Healthy Church Member is a Biblical Evangelist

Every true Christian will have a desire to share with others the gospel message which includes: 1. The Holiness of the sovereign God, 2. The sinfulness of man and the judgment due him, 3. The need of man for a new heart and perfect righteousness, 4. The fact the only Jesus Christ has provided the righteousness we need, 5. The need to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance.

6. A Healthy Church Member is a Committed Member

A healthy church member understands the value of being committed to a local church and the importance of using their gifts and abilities for the glory of God.

7. A Healthy Church Member Seeks Discipline

Discipline is about education and learning, order and growth. It is discipline in the life of the congregation and the healthy church member that provides the atmosphere for growth and development that leads to the rare polished jewel of Christlikeness.

8. A Healthy Church Member is a Growing Disciple

Hebrews 6:1 exhorts us to “leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” God never intends for us to stay the same and never grow. Rather, He intends that we pursue holiness and righteousness and to be Spirit-filled.

9. A Healthy Church Member is a Humble Follower

A healthy church member honors the elders, shows open-hearted love to their leaders, is teachable, obeys and submits to leaders, follows the leaders’ example, and prays for their leaders.

10. A Healthy Church Member is a Prayer Warrior

Pray constantly, pray in the Spirit, pray for laborers and shepherds, pray for all the saints, pray for those in authority, and pray for those who abuse and persecute you.

Taken from Thabiti Anyabwile’s book, What is a Healthy Church Member?

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