One Body: The Role of the Church

The church is more than just a place where people go to learn about and worship God. It is also the people who congregate and fellowship with the common desire to love God. The church and saving grace is open to anyone, regardless of your race, gender, social status, income, or past.

Our key verse is 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, which says, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, through many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one spirit we are all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free- and all were made to drink of one spirit.” (ESV)

Verse 12 prepares us for verse 13 and gives us an example we can understand and relate to. It compares the physical body to the church of Christ. The body has many different parts/members that form it into a body and the church also has different parts/members that make up the church. The body has many parts, such as the head, legs, arms, and feet. The church has different parts, such as Christ (the head), pastors, elders, deacons, and those who come to worship and learn from God’s Word.

Verse 13 explains to us that we are all baptized into one spirit. It also says that no matter who we are, we were made to be children of God. God loves everyone and wants everyone to live with Him for eternity, regardless of who you are or what you have done. You may think you’re not good enough, but as it says in Luke 5:32, “I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners to repentance.” (ESV)

That means He came to this world to guide us to the saving grace, as we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Remember, no matter what you do, say, or think (as bad as it can be), God loves you endlessly and will forgive you. His arms are always open to those who seek Him.

When we are a part of the church, there are things we are commanded to do. We are to hold one another accountable for what we do. That does not mean judge or ridicule them. In the eyes of God, no sin is worse than the other. He forgave us of our sins even though we did not deserve it, so we should do the same. It may be difficult to forgive someone who has done wrong to you or has done something you know they shouldn’t, but we are commanded to love and forgive them.

We are commanded to congregate and fellowship with fellow Christians. One of the reasons is so that we can help each other when someone is in need or to help someone through their struggles. We shouldn’t keep ourselves in the bubble of the church, but also in the world with people who may not know or believe in God. We are to minister to them and help guide them to the saving grace. We, however, are not to follow the ways of the world that go against what God has commanded. We are supposed to be in the world, but not of it.

Going to church is important because we get taught God’s Word to apply in our lives. Whether it is encouragement, motivation, or things God has commanded us, there is always something we can learn to apply to our lives. Not only can we apply it to our lives, but we can use what we were taught to teach others.

Reaching out to non-believers is very important. I’m not saying we should all become missionaries and move to different countries (unless that’s what you feel God has called you to do). It can be as simple as inviting your friend to church or youth group. They can then learn about Christ and have any questions they have, answered.

God even commands us in Mathew to go into the world and make disciples of Him. In a church setting, you can start different ministries that help people learn about Christ. It could be having a holiday bible club or visiting an old-age home once a month and having a service there. Even if you don’t minister to people, you can be an example to them in the way you act. That means you act in a manner that pleases God and sets you apart from non-believers so they can see a difference.

The church plays a vital role in the Christian life and has its many different members that make it a church. Without certain members, it may not be able to function properly.

All the ideas and views I discussed are my opinion and are based upon what I have learned and believe. May all the glory be to God, our Father in Heaven, Amen.

~ Erik Barnett

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