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What does it really mean to be a member of the body? How do I know if I'm experiencing the fullness of what Christ desires in my relationship with the Church?

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The Body
1 Corinthians 12:12–13 ESV
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
What metaphor?
many parts
work together unitedly
no jealousy
In human body
one part not working
body part attack body
auto immune disease
Healthy Body
Healthy church
all active
all connected
all united
all working
Christ describes
relationship to church
relationship to spouse
Marriage as metaphor
Christian’s relationship
with Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:22–28 ESV
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
Christ is head
Christ is bridegroom
Church is bride
Married to each other.
Sacrificial Love
Women Respect
Men Selfless Love
Connection with Christ
intertwined with
connection to church.
Love, Loyalty, Service
to God
Connected to

The Ministry of Attendance

This bond
so deep that
Paul says:
1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Church family
deeper than
biological family...
Relationships take time
time spent together.
Marriages that
live separate lives
lead to divorce.
Love Christ
Love Church
Spend time with Church!!!
Hebrews 10:24–25 ESV
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Day is drawing near
Christ’s Return
End of World
Climactic Events
Most needed…?
Time with Church!!!
Covid caused
serious spiritual issues
separation normality
Church Member
I’m not coming back...
Pastor: said nothing
moved coal
We need each other.
In fact,
your attendance
not just for you!
but for others
who need your connection!!!
Discouraging when
small percentage comes
Tempted to wonder
really worth it when
so few see value in church
and its mission.
Consumer Mentality
Country Club
“With your heart softened by the love of Jesus, go to the meeting, feeling that you are personally responsible for its success. If but few attend, you should feel under double responsibility” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 184).
Sabbath School
Best part of Sabbath
not just monologue
organize mission
Sabbath Worship Service
Christ’s Example
Luke 4:16 ESV
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
People say:
“I worship God at home.”
What does Bible teach?
Leviticus 23:3 ESV
“Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work. It is a Sabbath to the Lord in all your dwelling places.
Sabbath is
holy convocation
sacred assembly
(meeting together!)
If we want to see
ideal Sabbath
Example of heaven:
Isaiah 66:23 (ESV)
From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord.
What is it like?
come together
worship God
Church Hopping
Detrimental to
spiritual health
Church is body
you are body part
can’t keep changing
What happens
no connection
no service
no relationship
Prayer Meeting or Mid-Week Bible Study
“A prayer meeting will always tell the true interest of the church members in spiritual and eternal things. The prayer meeting is as the pulse to the body; it denotes the true spiritual condition of the church” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 183).
“Those who are really seeking for communion with God will be seen in the prayer meeting, faithful to do their duty, and earnest and anxious to reap all the benefits they can gain. They will improve every opportunity of placing themselves where they can receive the rays of light from heaven” (In Heavenly Places, p. 91).


Thanks to you
who are experiencing
fullness of body
If you are not
do it!
So worth it.
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