Be the Church (Part 2 of 3)
You need the other members of the church and the other members need you (1 Corinthians 12:17–21). You are like an index finger. The hand (church) cannot function properly without you and you cannot function properly apart from your designated place in the hand (church). The hand is home. Both the hand and the index finger need a vital connection to the head (Christ).
Christian fellowship means sharing together. As a believer you share with other believers the life of Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, cleansing from sin, commitment to follow Him, membership in His body and much more.
Fellowship implies union and oneness. The marriage relationship pictures it. As two become one in a marriage ceremony, all believers become one through the Holy Spirit’s baptizing them into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). As a result of that baptism you also have fellowship with the Father and with Jesus Christ, His Son (1 John 1:3). The fullness of God’s life flows simultaneously through the bonds of relationships between God and believers and among believers.
What did church life look like for the first 3,000 Christians baptized into the church? What did it mean to be the church? They dedicated themselves not only to fellowship, but also to the apostles’ teaching to the breaking of bread (Lord’s Supper) and to prayer (Acts 2:42). All these were channels for the flow of God’s life.
Ephesians 4 describes the flow of God’s life in the church and its purpose. Being the church includes your being completely humble, gentle, and patient, and your bearing with other believers in love (v. 2). It includes your concerted effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit (v. 3) and use the grace-gifts Christ has apportioned to do works of service that build up the church, Christ’s body (vv. 7–12), and express His fullness to the world (v. 13). #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources #church
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