As a church, NRBC believes that the Lord Jesus ultimately rules his people through his word. Secondarily, we believe that he rules us through the Spirit's presence in the local body as a whole. We think this is best reflected in congregational polity where the congregation is the final human court of God's mediated authority. Therefore, we think church membership is, at the least, a consistent application of that truth. At most, we think it is a necessary application of it. This short article helps explain what it looks like to take local church membership seriously.