My Relationship with the Church

October 9, 2016 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 8:5 |


    My Relationship to the Church

    2 Corinthians 8:5

    The difference between attenders and members oftentimes is found in one word


    We are called to be Committed

    To Christ

    To Each Other

    John 13:33-34


    1 john 3:16

    Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” or “each other” is used.

    We are commanded to love each other,

    pray for each other,

    encourage each other,

    admonish each other,

    greet each other,

    serve each other,

    teach each other,

    honor each other,

    bear each other’s burdens,

    forgive each other,

    sing to each other,

    submit to each other,

    and be devoted to each other.

    1. I will protect the Unity of My Church.

    By acting in love toward other members

    By refusing to gossip

    By following the leaders

    Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.


    1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

    Ephes. 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

    Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

    1. I will Share the Responsibility of My Church

    By praying for its growth

    By inviting the unchurched to attend

    By warmly welcoming those who visit

    1 Thes. 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

    Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

    Romans 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

    1. I will Serve the Ministry of My Church

    By discovering my gifts and talents

    By being equipped to serve by my pastor

    By developing a servant's heart

    1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

    Ephes. 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

    [12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

    Philip. 2:3-4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

    [4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

    Philip. 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

    1. I will Support the Ministry of My Church

    By attending faithfully

    By living a godly life

    By giving regularly

    Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    Philip. 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

    1 Cor. 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

    Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord.

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