For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:4-8
One Body in Christ
Church membership simply shows the organic and organizational picture of what church looks like as the body of Christ. What is alive grows and changes. We believe the new birth in Christ inevitably leads to new growth in Christ that sees tangible changes in mind, heart, and action that lead to maturity and legacy.
True Human in Jesus
Being a Christian somehow is reduced to attendance at church meetings and events, participation in religious activities, and activism in some causes. To be a Christian means that you become a true human being in Jesus – Head, Heart, and Hands categorically representing intellectual, emotional, and volitional aspects of what it means to be fully human. To be a Christian means that you know the truth, love the truth, and live the truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
True Home with the Father
Church is a home where orphans find their heavenly Father. Sinners both who admit their lost condition and who deny their lost condition are orphans who need a true home – acceptance and adoration by the Father who loves them. Sin separates you from the person who loves, cares, and fights for you the most. Righteousness brings you back to love, care and fight the good fight. Jesus paid for your sins by dying on the cross shedding his blood as a substitute. Jesus gave you his righteousness by rising from the dead to give you the eternal life – knowing the Father and the Son whom the Father has sent.
True Hero of the Spirit
Church member is an everyday hero who uses his or her gifts to function as one organization that is committed to make disciples of all nations – true heroes on a rescue mission of finding lost humans, true heroes undertaking a restoration project of binding broken humans, and true heroes renewing their minds, hearts, and lives to see the fullness of Christ in light of the return of Jesus with the heavenly home come on earth.
1. Are you a member of the local church that believes in the Bible, confesses Jesus as Lord, and committed to great commands of loving God and loving people?
2. Which aspect of true humanity do you feel the need to grow in and how are you seeking that growth in the context of a local church?
3. What does your repentance look like to see your local church home as a true home with the Father? What does your trust look like to be filled with the Holy Spirit to live your life as a true hero of Jesus?