the church is less like a public company and more like a private “bridge club,”
It is not a community association or a club where people with a similar background or similar interests in a sport or a hobby come together.
The Christian congregation is, not a social club or a secular organization, but a close-knit family united in the worship of Jehovah God.
The Christian congregation was founded, not to function as a social club, but to honor Jehovah and to get a job done—the work of preaching the good news, making disciples, and building up the congregation.
Associating with the Christian congregation is not like joining a social club. You came into the congregation because Jehovah wanted you here. (John 6:44) Why did he choose you? Did he see a righteous person who feared God? “Not at all!” you may say. What, then, did God see? He saw that you would be willing to obey his law and accept his kind direction.