Bible Questions

Bible Questions

What does belonging to the Church involve?

It involves, first and foremost, obedience to Christ's control, and the recognition in practice of the implications of the relationship we have towards all other members of the Church fellowship. Those implications include caring for one another, submitting to necessary discipline, maintaining spiritual unity, and offering together spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Membership of the Church of Christ involves, first and foremost, obedience to Christ's control.

The Church is His Body (Ephesians 1:23).

The Church, therefore, is to be subject to Christ in everything (Ephesians 4:15, 16; 5:24).

Christ is to be set apart in the heart as Lord (1 Peter 3:15).

The love of the members of the Church for Christ, the Head, is seen in their obedience to His commandments (John 14:15); for example, in their zeal for good works (Matthew 5:16, compared with Titus 2:14).

We are citizens of the same heavenly kingdom

Membership of the Church of Christ involves recognizing the relationship we have to all other Christians.

We are members of the same Body (1 Corinthians 12:4-27; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:30; Colossians 1:24); and, therefore, individually members one of another (Romans 12:4, 5).

We constitute together God's people (1 Peter 2:9, 10).

We belong to the same family or household (Galations 6:10; Hebrews 10:21).

We are sheep of the same flock (Acts 20:28, 29; Hebrews 13:20).

We are citizens of the same heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:16; 12:28; Revelation 21:2, 3).

We are together a chosen people, a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9, 10).

Membership of the Church of Christ involves fulfilling the implications of this relationship that we have with all other Christians.

By living in fellowship (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24, 25; 1 John 1:3, 7; 2:19).

By caring for one another (1 Corinthians 12:7; Galations 6:10; 1 Peter 5:2; 1 John 3:16-18).

By accepting the family discipline (1 Corinthians 5:12, 13; 6:4; Ephesians 5:4; Titus 3:10; Hebrews 13:17).

By maintaining spiritual unity (Ephesians 4:2, 3; Philippians 2:1, 2).

By offering together the spiritual sacrifices of our spiritual priesthood which are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5): for example, praise (Hebrews 13:15), thanksgiving (Psalms 50:14; 107:22), prayer (Psalms 141:2), the offering of our bodies to Him (Romans 12:1), doing good and sharing what we have with others (Hebrews 13:16).