COMMIT TO OWNERSHIP
A Biblical Reason
Ownership vs. Membership
Christ is committed to the church
“…Christ loved the church, and He gave his life for it.”
A Cultural Reason
It is an antidote to our society. We live in an age where very Members have rights; owners have responsibilities. We believe every Christ-follower should belong to a local church. Ownership at Great Oaks includes serving, giving, and participating in biblical community. Few want to be committed to anything – a job, a marriage, our country. This attitude has even produced a generation of “church shoppers & hoppers.” Ownership swims against the current of America’s “consumer religion.” It is an unselfish decision to be committed to doing life with and supporting other people.
A Practical Reason
It defines who can be counted on. Every team must have a roster. Every school must have an enrollment. Every business has a payroll. Every army has an enlistment. Even our country takes a census and requires voter registration. Ownership identifies our family.
A Personal Reason
It produces spiritual growth. The New Testament places a major emphasis on the need for Christians to be accountable to each other for spiritual growth. You cannot be accountable when you’re not committed to any specific church family.