Responsibilities of Church Membership
When you unite with a church, it is because
there is a need in your soul for the message and the inspiration of the
Church. You are also uniting with it because there is an innate need to
give and to do. Christ's work is unfinished. This unfinished work is for
us to do. When you unite with a church, you accept a responsibility - a
sacred responsibility - to do your part for your Master and for others.
Your sacred responsibilities of membership:
- Serving- There is a place of
service awaiting you somewhere in the church. God has given you a
talent to be used. This may include teaching Sunday school, visiting
the sick, leading youth groups, singing in the choir, and working on
- Learning- Anyone who helps
others must first develop a growing faith and be able to articulate
it. Participating in Bible study groups and developing the habit of
daily Bible study are ways to continue learning about the character of
- Giving- You are expected to do
your fair share in supporting the budget of your church's ministry.
You should give freely and cheerfully without any thought of reward.
Your giving should be systematic and proportionate to your income, not
giving what you can spare, but according to what God has entrusted to
you. Give to the best of your ability, for giving is a way you can
take part in spreading the Gospel.
- Witnessing- "You will be
my witnesses," said Jesus, "in Jerusalem [that is, at home],
in all Judea and Samaria [ the surrounding areas], and to the end of
the earth" (Acts 1:8). At the same time that Jesus commissioned
His disciples, He set forth your responsibility to spread the Gospel
everywhere. This does not mean you have to stand on street corners
reading scripture, but you can be effective witness to friends,
co-workers, and family members.
- Praying- The highest and
deepest benefit you can receive from prayer is strength and courage to
live triumphantly each day. Start the practice of daily prayer at a
time that is best for you. The worth of a prayer is not determined by
its grammatical correctness, but by its sincerity. The main thing is
to speak with God about the things that trouble, delight, or confuse
you. Be persistent in your requests, turning your petitions to align
with God's will.
- Worshipping- Worship keeps
your soul, and the soul of your church, alive. Your church is set in
your community to shine as a lighthouse for Jesus Christ and will
shine as long as its members remain faithful in the matter of public
worship. When people of God begin to forsake the house of God on the
Lord's Day, God's work begins to languish and the light begins to
fail. When conflicts arise on Sunday morning, ask yourself, does this
have to keep me from church?
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