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May 19, 2019 | Randy Gunter

Being Christian: Being in Christian Community

Being Christian: Being in Christian Community

Is church membership important? Does it matter if we live in Christian community?

Understanding “Global Church” and “Local Church”

The global church is a reference to the universal Church of Christ. Every person whose faith, trust, and life is in Jesus Christ, is part of the Global Church of Jesus. In Christ, we are part of the global church, a community of believers worldwide throughout time. 

We are part of something that is inexpressibly larger than ourselves. The global church is massive; it is estimated to include ____________ local churches, serving ____________ people.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.(1 Peter 2:9-10 ESV)

All Christians are part of the global Church of Jesus. How do we obey the instructions of God to connect, grow, and serve as a church if it is global? The answer is that the global church finds expressions of ministry in local churches. Every Christ-follower is meant to be a functioning member of the local church.

1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,(Galatians 1:1-3 ESV)

1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.(Galatians 6:1-2 ESV)

Much of our ministry requires relationships within the local body of Christ.

You’ll miss out on the higher purposes of God for your life and so will others, if you are not an engaged member of a local Bible believing church. 

We are each called into the family of God individually, but we are adopted into a family that includes brothers and sisters that are interdependent. 

God has chosen every person saved and placed in his glorious kingdom (Ephesians 1:4-5). The

Holy Spirit has chosen people specifically to be part of the membership of MeadowBrook. According to 1 Corinthians 12, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose(1 Corinthians 12:18).

Our purpose is to minister in the local body of Christ until he gathers us to himself and the global church is miraculously made visible, and we live gloriously together in discovery, service, and worship of God.

MeadowBrook is not a building; MeadowBrook includes saints of God, who are purposefully gathered by his Holy Spirit and are responsive to his call to lovingly submit to one another, grow in spiritual maturity, and compassionately serve in the abilities entrusted to them by God.

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