Placing membership in a local church….Part 1

shepherd with his flock of sheep

What is local church membership? Is it necessary? What is the relationship of the elders of a local church to the “flock” which is “among them”? What shepherd (in real life) doesn’t know which sheep are in his flock? (Doesn’t this teach us that the flock’s membership must be “defined”?) Please consider the following audio lesson on this important topic. Thanks! – mjw