A local church member is part of the Church at large/global because of their local membership of the “branch” that is connected to its ultimate leader – Jesus Christ. Membership is required everywhere you go. The gym says “sure have a workout on us,” but your next trip to the gym will be to confirm and sign on the dotted line. You join. It will also cost you something. Joining an organization will cost you Time. Everything cost us time. It will also cost you Money. Everything cost us money. Faithfulness will be given and submitted by you to be a successful, beneficial member of the organization. Discipline is when a person personally accepts and implements all that the organization mission and purpose. The Church and its local expression are no different and much more serious. Eternal serious.
ReMember is a two-part sermon series that ask the subjects of the Church and the Kingdom of God to research and evaluate whether you have….salvation, growth, service, yes…Joy? Do you have an abundant life? Accepting the provisions of its ultimate leader, Jesus, the Church asks whether or not you have these events and qualities in your life. The Bible says to…
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. [Philippians 2:12-13 ESV]
A member should be working to use the provision from the Lord through His Church. Service. Have you been baptized by immersion? Are you in a “small group” for growth and continual fellowship? Are you using the church as a service station to “charge up” and to “serve others”?
Be a part of ReMember as time is short and we’ll “soon” see our Savior, Jesus.