Local churches are popping up almost everywhere. We are living in an era when we are “in between churches.” Christians must know the importance of joining a church or local fellowship. Hebrews 10:25 tells us that we should not “neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” This is the perfect time for Christians to enter into fellowship with other believers. And there are countless benefits and advantages that a Christian will surely enjoy if he or she joins a local fellowship.
When we join a local church or fellowship, it is very important that we serve. Having fellowship with other Christians inside a particular church is a 24/7 duty and commitment. The Bible has a lot to say when it comes to serving your local fellowship. If we truly believe that Christ is our Lord and that He laid down His life for His bride, which is the Church, then we must learn to understand and appreciate the value of serving our local church. And before we provide you with information on what the Bible says about serving your local fellowship or church, we must first define a church.
The word “church” in Greek refers to the gathering or assembly of people of God. The Church is a community of believers, and the Bible refers to it as both invisible and universal. When we say universal, it means that all believers through human history are included and that every tongue, nation, or tribe is part of it. Individuals who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are members of this universal Church.
And we also have a local church. This is the place where we fellowship with other believers. Our local church is where we gather as fellow citizens of God’s Kingdom (Ephesians 2:19-20). Every Christian is encouraged to join the local fellowship, and the Bible is clear about this. While we are having fellowship with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to have a mindset that is similar to Christ’s; that is, to serve.
There are responsibilities and commitments involved when we join the local fellowship. It is vital that we give our service with love and sincerity. Serving our local church should not be a burden but should become our way of giving thanks to the Lord and enjoying what He has established. Keep in mind that serving our church is for our own good. Serving our church can help us become more mature Christians. Every Christian needs to grow, and serving the local fellowship is one way of experiencing spiritual growth. It is the Church that edifies, teaches, and equips us with the knowledge of God. If we want our spirit to grow and develop, then we are to attend our local church and enjoy fellowship with one another.
How do we serve local fellowship?
We can start by attending our church regularly. The unity of brothers and sisters in Christ is an act of worship already. Corporate worship and singing praise songs together are already serving. Yes, by attending the Church regularly, you are promoting what you believe, and this belief of yours can reach unbelievers. Attending your church regularly is important since this promotes good works, encouragement, and love. And always remember—love serves.
Another way of serving the Church is by using the gifts that the Lord has given you. Each one of us is gifted with skills, knowledge, wisdom, and strength. No one on earth is useless. Every single person in this world can contribute, and a Christian must give his or her talents to God. How can we share our talents for God? By serving the Church! If you are good at making presentations, then ask your pastor if you can make him a PowerPoint presentation or any sermon demonstration. If you are good with the science and art of electricity, then why not ask your pastor if you can fix those flickering light bulbs? If you are a musician, then join the praise and worship band. If you are good at talking to other people, then become an usher and help the church welcome new guests.
1 Peter 4:10-11 tells us, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (ESV) Serving our local church is Biblical; serving local fellowship glorifies God through Jesus Christ. You are a precious child of God, and He has given you skills, knowledge, gifts, and talents to serve Him. Serving your local fellowship is an opportunity that you must gladly take—it is for your own benefit and at the same time, for the glory of God.