One question that I have been asked many times over the last 40 years, is when looking for a fellowship to commit to, what is important? Unfortunately many people shop for a church much like a consumer shopping for household items.
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Prospective members must know from the outset that a full participation in all spiritual life of the church is expected of them, whatever the cost. And that is how it is; that is how it is going to be. If they do no like it, they should not be allowed to join. They should not even want to join. Spiritual people have spiritual appetites, and they take steps to satisfy them.
The Psalmist said, 'How lovely is your tabernacle O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out of the living God'. (Ps 84:1-2. David stressed God, saying, Lord, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where your glory dwells. (Ps 26:8) He could declare: 'I was glad when they said to me: 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.' (Ps 122:1)
Bearing in mind that 'house' in the new covenant speaks of the body of believers, not a building, do professing believers mean it when they sing the very words of that Psalm? (David Gay, The Battle for the Church, p. 159)