What do you do to stay in great physical shape? Running? Walking? Pumping “iron”? Video games? (Round is a “shape” after all.) Whatever it is, it most certainly doesn’t compete with the type of body building a Christian man should be doing every day!
What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think about church? Is it prayer, singing, offering, preaching, boring, exciting, or “not for me”?
God does not only require His children to be faithful to their local assembly, but God has a specific function for YOU to perform in the work of His church.
Let’s look at some specific things the Bible uses to describe the Church.
1. The Church as a Human Body (I Cor. 12:12)
A. Every part of your body has a specific function. We as members of the church all have specific functions or tasks in the body of Christ. We are all divinely put together to perform the will of God for His children through the local church.
B. One small pain affects the whole body. No one slams his finger in the door and says, “Well, at least the rest of my body feels great.” This is because that one little hurt affects the whole body. This is true with God’s children. We must never forget that what we do in private affects those that are most dear to the family of God.
C. The head is most important. Christ is the head over the body of His church (Col. 1:18-22). The Pastor is an “under shepherd” to Christ the commander-in-chief of all that the body does.
2. The Church as a Bride (Eph. 5: 22-33)
A. Can I as a Christian live the way I want to? The thing we must remember is that we are not our own, we are “bought with a price.” We, like a bride preparing for her wedding day, are preparing ourselves for the groomsman (Christ) to return. We must be busy in our Lord’s work, making every moment count for the glory of God.
B. Just like when a man gives the love of his life an engagement ring, we are given a promise of eternal life with Christ the moment we trust Him as Saviour.
3. The Church as a Building (I Cor. 3:9-20)
A. Most buildings are built from the ground up. We must be constantly edifying (building up) our brothers and sisters in Christ.
B. How do we edify? By showing love, meeting a need, verbally encouraging, serving one another, praying for one another
Which description helps you the most? What is the one thing you can do to help build the body of Christ? Whatever it is, ask God to help you. Then stand back and see God be magnified in the lives of others in your church and community.