There is only one church, one Kingdom of God, but the New Testament (NT) speaks of many local churches. We have letters in the NT written to seven specific churches with thirty-three local churches mentioned in the NT. When a person became a believer in Jesus they did two things—they were baptised and they joined a local gathering of believers. As Paul said in Romans 12:4-5; “For as in one body we have many
members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
We are part of the local community of God’s people. As Christians we are part of the body.
In the NT, people in the churches recognised they were in community together. There is no such thing as Individualist Christianity. “He (God) has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” (Colossians 1:13) A kingdom has a king. The king has subjects, and his kingdom has a community together, where we function as God’s people.
It is God who makes us part of His family when we come to faith in Christ. But then we are to become part of a local body of believers in covenant relationship with one another, living in community together, agreeing to live together based on biblical principles, and working
together for Christ’s mission.
Today we can do this together. Let us commit together to membership at CrossCulture. For those who are already members, we will renew our membership covenant with each other today. If you are not formally a member of this church, please seriously consider being baptised, or if you have already been baptised as a believer, then become a member of this church. Let us stand and say together – Membership count me in!