Friday, March 22, 2013

The Purpose Driven Life - Day 17

Day 17 - A Place To Belong

The Bible says that the Church is the Bride of Christ, the Body of Christ and in order to be a lover of Christ, to be a member of God's family - you must be a member of the Church.

Note that Church is not a building, but a fellowship of believers with whom you share your faith and ministry. You support one another, you study God's word together, develop relational kinship's with one another.  

Member - is a part of.  This chapter teaches that just as your foot is a member - a part of the whole body - functional only if it remains attached to the whole body.  However, if the foot is severed from the body - it then becomes worthless.  It shrivels up and dies. 

The body is made up of millions of cells, just as the Body of Christ - the Church - is made up of many 'members' ... each working - contributing to the whole.  And those who are detached from fellowship are spiritual orphans. 

Pastor Rick strongly encourages each believer to follow the word in the Bible and become an active member within a local body/church ... to not just be an observer but to contribute to the ministry with the abilities you are given by God.  

We are called to belong, not just to believe.

"In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." - Romans 12:5 (NIV)