Church Membership – Part 1
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV)
The local church is not called to build church membership. We are called to preach the gospel and, when people are led to the Lord, to stand with them, nurture them, and help them grow in their walk with the Lord.
We have to remember that no church or pastor is special. Only Jesus is special. When you become a member of a particular church, it is the place where you belong only because God sent you there, not because that local assembly is above others in any way. So when you invite people to church, don’t tell them about your church. Tell them about Jesus.
When you are a member of a local assembly, you have to ask yourself, “Why did God send me here?” It’s not about sitting in a pew once or twice a week. The American concept of just “go to church on Sunday and be a spectator” is erroneous. The Bible teaches that every Christian is a part of the body of Christ. Just as the different parts of an athlete’s body are coordinated to bring about strength and fruit when the athlete competes in some sporting event, we are all members of one body: the body of Christ, which is the Church. Because of that, we all have to work together.
God sent you to a particular church because your gifts, talents, prayers, and support are needed in that local assembly. There are ministries in which you need to get involved. Do you have a gift of teaching children? Do you love to sing? Are you a people person who loves to greet people? All those are gifts that are needed in any local church. You should serve somewhere and in some capacity; you don’t want to just put in time at church on Sunday.
To be continued…
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20.