“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2: 42-47)
The events of the first Easter Sunday were still fresh in the minds of Jesus’ followers. And then, just as He said it would happen, on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out on each one of them, and the church was born. The church is the local representation of the worldwide Body of Christ. The place where we should gladly minister and be ministered to among God’s people.
As with the first believers, when you and I were saved, the Lord baptized us by the Holy Spirit into His church—the body of believers who live all over the world but are united by trust in Jesus Christ. You and I then chose, according to the will of God, to become part of a local, autonomous group of believers. This is the place where we have chosen to live out our responsibilities as believers: to worship God—and to work for His kingdom,
Our place of worship and work is Mingo Creek Church. And God has placed each one of us here because He knows that we are needed. Each one of us is significant to our home church. We were created by God to function in communion with one another. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12: 27) Where and how we serve is based upon our unique talents, skills, and calling. Christianity isn’t a spectator religion. We all have jobs to do in God’s kingdom. A church that is truly operating as a unit—with all its varied gifts, talents, personalities, and intellects focused toward kingdom goals is a beautiful sight before the Lord.
Active involvement in our church is imperative to living a life without compromise. And it’s a matter of biblical obedience, not personal preference. How can you be involved? By attending worship on a regular basis. Inviting non-believers to come and learn about Jesus. Sing in the choir. Work with the kids. Forgo church gossip. Take care of the church garden. Pick up a paint brush. Oh, yeah, and give. Your tithe. Your offering. A special gift. Our church needs regular, consistent givers to fund the Lord’s work.
When you do these things, you are making a profound statement. You are saying that you are “all in” with this local expression of Christ’s body. You are committed to Mingo Church through thick and thin. You are saying, “I’m with Mingo Church. I’m standing by her.” If you only attend sporadically, give sparingly, or work when your arm is twisted, you’re not really committed. You’re saying you’ll be here when you feel like it, when your emotional itch has been scratched. You are communicating, by you sporadic, non-consistent support patterns, that you are not interested in being as committed to the Lord’s work locally as Christ is to you. Real sacrifice, real obedience, real commitment involves long-term, consistent faithful attendance, support, work, and giving.
1 Corinthians 14: 26 gives us this instruction: “Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” What are you doing for our church?
Doin’ what I can, Pastor Glenn