The Local Church: Indispensable

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. (1 Corinthians 12:21-22)

Paul is speaking here of the local church. He assumes the reader already understands that members of the church which appear to be stronger are indispensable. So too, says Paul, the members of the church which appear to be weaker are indispensable.

God has designed for Christians to be relationally committed to a local group of other Christians.

While there are some extreme circumstances when it is not possible to be committed to a local group of believers (frontier missions), when it is possible it is not to be seen as optional or dispensable. The people in your local church are indispensable. All of them. They have a grace given to them by God to contribute to your life. Without them your experience would be less than what God designed for you.

It is inappropriate for anyone to say, “I have no need of you,” concerning any other member of their church.

Throughout this blog series there have been responses on the blog and on Facebook from people who see their local church as weak in many areas. Maybe you are dissatisfied with your church because you feel it fails to equip others for ministry, hold people accountable, or care for hurting members. Every church has its unique weaknesses, and some churches may appear to be weaker than others. Yet, I implore you. Give yourself to your local church. You need them. Don’t dare say, “I have no need of you.”

As you come together on this Lord’s Day thank God for your church. Dig in to your church community. Stir up the brothers and sisters in your congregation to love and good works. Encourage people in their gifts and look to be ministered to by them. You need them, no matter how weak they appear to be.

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