BCL Grow: The People of God— Romans 12:3-5
Romans 12:3-5 (The Church)
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 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. — Romans 12:3-5
“According to the apostolic letters written to them, the churches of Christ consist of God’s beloved, God’s elect, called to be saints, believers, brothers in Christ Jesus; and they were not only addressed as such, but they were also viewed and treated as such.” — Herman Bavinck, Saved by Grace, The Holy Spirit’s Work in Calling and Regeneration, p. 117.
Steps to Take
1. Think: What is your view of the Church? Do you see God’s gathered and visible community on earth, the Church—as a beautiful thing to be nurtured and to be a part of, or as a liability and something to be avoided?
2. Remember: Christians often hurt each other and a particular church may hurt individual believers; yet, Christ has always had a people he gathered to himself. Scripture exhorts God’s people to be a part of a local worshiping community (i.e. church). God’s worshiping community, the Church, is made up of smaller bodies of believers in local churches. Christ is sanctifying and purifying his Church, and he uses each member to shape and mold his Church for the better.
3. Take Action: As a believer, you are an important part of the people of God with a part to play in its nurture. Find a local church where you can worship God rightly, serve and love his people, and grow together into the beautiful bride of Christ. Rejoice that you are part of something wonderful God is doing as he shapes a community that loves Christ and each other.
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