When you become a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are a member of God’s family. Every spiritual child needs to become a part of a spiritual family. God is your heavenly father, and all Christians are like brothers and sisters of the same family. “…the household, which is the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15). The household is not a building, and the “church” is not a place of worship, but a group of believers. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
How does the Bible describe the relationship between Jesus and Christians?
What is Christ’s position in the church?
The Functions of the Church Verses Your Needs:
- Worship: “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.” (Psalm149:1)
- Fellowship: “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Teaching: “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
- Ministry: “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” (Ephesians 4:12)
- Power: “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses to all Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Act 1:8)
Can Christians today not attend church? ___ Yes ___ No ___ It Depends
It is important here to understand that the “Church” is not a building or a religious organization. We don’t GO to church; we ARE the church. (Acts 7:48-50, 1 Corinthians 3:16)
Why should you attend church?
Because this is God’s command. “Not ___________ the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but _________ one another, and so much the more as you see the __________ drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 NKJV).
Obligations We Have as the Church:
- Obligation to Love One Another – (John 15:17)
- Obligation to Be of The Same Mind in Unity – (Romans 12:14-21)
- Obligation to Remember The Lord’s Supper – Jesus personally set the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of his death and shedding of blood for our sins. (Matthew 26:17-19, 26-30) When we take the Lord’s Supper, it helps us to remember and to give thanks. “The ___________ for our well-being _________ was upon Him, and by His _____________ we are _________” (Isaiah 53:5). The Lord’s Supper is the fulfillment of Passover and should be observed in the same manner once yearly on Nissan 14th of the Hebrew calendar.
- Obligation to Give Offerings – Offerings are thank-you gifts given to God as acts of worship. They can include sacrifices of a person’s life, time, and finances. Monetary offerings are required by God and are a test of the disciple’s faith, love, and obedience. Three kinds of monetary offerings are mentioned in the Bible.
- Tithes: God commands us to tithe. The tithe belongs to God. It is not a voluntary offering, but what we are required to give (Leviticus 27:30-31). Some say tithing was nailed to the cross as part of the Law of Moses, but tithing began long before that even existed If Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek, how much more should we give our tithe to our great high priest. (Heb 7:1-17) The tithe should be paid; you can decide what to do with the other 90%, but we should give 10% back to God because it already belongs to him. “Will a _________ rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, ‘How have we robbing you?’ In _________ and _________. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole _________. Bring the whole _________ into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and ____ me now in this,”. says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not throw open the windows of _________ and pour out for you a _________ until it ________.” (Malachi 3:8-10).
- Gifts Offerings. This is a truly voluntary offering arising from a thankful and sincere heart. The amount of the gift is your own personal decision. We cannot worship God without gifts and offerings. We should not continually come empty-handed into God’s presence.
- Love Offerings. This is offering given to others. It is motivated by love and is given according to what a person has and according to the needs of others. Gift and love offerings cannot replace the tithe.
This week make a commitment to becoming a church together. Begin adding these four obligations into your meeting times. And above all other things, give God your Heart!