Now that I am a Christian
A. LAST WEEK - CHRISTIANS FUNCTION BOTH AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS
MEMBERS OF LOCAL CONGREGATIONS.
B THE WORK OF THE CHURCH vs. INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY.
C. THIS WEEK: MY RESPONSIBILITY TO THE LOCAL CHURCH.
I. TO BECOME A MEMBER OF A LOCAL CONGREGATION:
A. Paul serves as our pattern( Acts 9:26 ).
B. There is no "membership at large" or "roving membership."
"I go here but my membership is in Texas."
C. Without people who be counted on, there is absolutely no
way a congregation can obligate itself in any effort that
requires either work or money.
A. Every joint must supply( Eph. 4:16 ).
B. We must use our God-given abilities( Rom. 12:4-9 ).
C. Others need our help( Gal. 6:1-2 ).
D. More than man-power is needed( 1 Cor. 16:1-2 ).
A. God's desire is for men to become spiritually mature to the
point that they can oversee( 1 Tim. 3 ), shepherd( 1 Pet. 5:2 ),
and exhort( Titus 1:9 ).
B. Qualifications for elders ARE IN 1 Tim. 3.
1. It is possible that a congregation may not have men who are qualified either
physically or spiritually.
2. No congregation has any business appointing men who are not qualified.
3. Any church that has no elders ought to strive to develop men who are
qualified beforehand. No church is justified when it becomes satisfied
without elders and makes no effort to develop qualified men( Titus 1:5 ).
C. Heb. 13:17; 1 Thes. 5:12-13; 1 Tim. 5:17-20.
A. Eph. 4:1-6, "Worthily of the gospel"( Phil. 1:27 ).
B. We must speak only as God would have us( 1 Pet. 4:11 ).
C. We are to speak evil of no man( Titus 3:2 ).
D. We must be conscious of our influence( Rom. 14:21-23; 15:1-3 ).
E. We must seek to rectify wrongs against others( Mat 5:23-24 ).
F. Righteous speech produces harmony( Mat. 12:36-37; Eph. 4:29 ).
G. We must be truthful and control ourselves
( Eph. 4:24-26; James 1:19-20 ).
H. James 1:26-27.
A. If a Christian has no responsibility to a local church, how
can he receive guidance from elders( Heb. 13:7; 1 Thes. 5:12-14 ).
B. If we have no responsibility to the local congregation,
why are we told to assemble together?( Heb. 10:24-25 ).
C. To what purpose would I lay by in store if there was no
need for me in the local church?( 1 Cor. 16:1-2 ).
D. How do I account for 1 Corinthians 12:14-26?