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Church membership—a call to discipleship

From the April 1983 issue of The Christian Science Journal

What a privilege and obligation—to belong to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, and to one of its branches! What does it mean to be a Christian Scientist? Is an individual ready for church membership when he studies the Bible Lesson In the Christian Science Quarterly . every day, attends church services regularly, and refrains from drinking, smoking, and relying on drugs? Does membership in a Church of Christ, Scientist, provide more than a handy place in which to attend services of the religion of our choice and a job on a committee? Is it, in fact, a call to discipleship? We might ask ourselves what Jesus required of his disciples, and what made them effective church workers after Jesus had ascended, leaving them on their own to preach the gospel.