KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:16 KJV. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love”.
The body of Christ is one big unit. It includes all brethren who have departed to be with the Lord, and are called the church triumphant. There are those of us living now in this world, called the church militant. The church militant is made up of various units, normally called denominations. Within these denominations are local churches. Every one of us belongs to a local church. Our key scripture shows us that everyone is a joint that anchors other parts of the body. Can you imagine a building where some of the blocks do not play their roles? That is, they are not there. That building would not be strong. What part are you playing in the house of God? Please note, as a joint you cannot fail to bring your supply.
A lot of Christians do not understand the function of the church. They see the church as a need meeting center, and that they are people with needs that need help. This is a trick of the devil, to keep many Christians living as babies. They are always seeking for help. Dear one, when Jesus died, he settled the need question. (2nd Peter 1:3).You must free yourself from the need seeking attitude to a supply of divine potentials for the growth of the kingdom of God on the earth. Well, the church meets various needs yet its main role is to establish the kingdom(rule) of God in the hearts of men.
Some also see the pastor as the owner of the church, and that the pastor should be able to answer all the need issues of the members. No pastor owns any church. He is a building block just like any member is .His role is to bring that truth of God to the other brethren who would use that to be strong and fulfill the work of the ministry. Eph 4:11 &12 KJV And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and *teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Commit yourself to the teaching of the word, to be strong for the work of the ministry.
I am an effective member of the body of Christ. I am committed to the task our Lord gave to us. I feed on his word through His servants so I will be strong to fulfill the mission of the church. I am not a need seeker but a supplier of divine abilities to build up the body of Christ.
Eph 4:13 KJV “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”:
Eph 4:14 KJV That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;