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What is Church Membership?

My Young Adult group at church has been reading this book and it got all of us thinking: what does it really mean to be a church member? Is it filling out some forms and saying your testimony before a congregation? Is it showing up on Sundays and Wednesdays (maybe) to be fed with God’s Word? Does it mean you have to serve in the nursery once in a while or teach a Sunday School class every so often? What exactly is it? And what ISN’T it?

As we studied, it became very apparent that most people, including us, come to church to get something. We come to be fed. We come to be nurtured and encouraged. We come to be served, whether that’s by those doing worship, providing childcare, or even holding doors. And we have come to expect those things. In some ways, this is appropriate. The church SHOULD be providing for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of those who come in. The congregation should leave feeling encouraged and cared for.

Are you ready for the kicker? YOU ARE THE CHURCH, PEOPLE!! You! You are the person who is called to care for the person sitting next to you during service. You are the person who should strive to encourage others and make them feel truly cared for and to ask how their spiritual life is going. YOU! It’s not up to the church leaders. We have gotten so used to saying, “Well, if the church would only do this….” that we have forgotten that WE are that “church.”

What if, instead of coming to church expecting to GET something out of the service or out of worship…we came with the mindset of…”How can I GIVE to my church today?” How can I serve my church? How can I feed my church? What does that look like in real life?

Our group has been learning a lot lately about what it means to truly love each other and how to care for the church. As I have been challenged, I would also challenge you to look at your own heart: do you go to church to get or to give? How can you better serve Christ at your church?

This might be a daily mindset struggle (it is for me sometimes!), but I think in the end our churches will reflect the character of Christ so much clearer and this verse would actually become a reality:

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in church

 

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Church at Home

I have what is now known around here as ‘the PLAUGE.’  I have contracted hand-foot-mouth disease.  Everyone is disgusted by my mouth and my throat hurts when I breathe.  My Dad’s response, “Don’t breathe then.”  HaHa.  I did have a fever for two days but last night it broke.  So thankful.

Anyway, no one went to church this morning because, although I’m the only one that has it right now, everyone can carry it and it is highly contagious.  Everyone at church, say thank you.  So, we had church at home.  We sang from the hymnals which is very interesting since none of our hymnals match.  So you have to look up the song in the index and then sometimes the words aren’t the same- it makes for interesting singing.

Then we listened to Alistair Begg on YouTube.  Ahhh…I could listen to him all day.  You can listen to what we listened to here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PkVdSL2rsk  (How can I ever go fishing again?)

And here are some amazing songs to encourage you today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1DRBUI2T5c&feature=related – I Will Glory in My Redeemer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoPyLcY6Zv4 – Before the Throne of God Above

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsp-WuZR40g – All I Have is Christ

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in church

 

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