How Do I Get Involved in Church? (Part 1)

A frequently asked question when it comes to Lebanon Baptist Church is, “how can I get involved?”

That’s a great question!

However, the answer really depends on what you understand “church” to actually be.

If you see the church as a worship event, a preaching center, or some privatized religious service provider, then you probably have in mind a scheduled program that you can help create, plan, organize, or facilitate.

But when you study the New Testament and what it reveals about the nature of the local church, then we have to realize that church is not a place that you go, and it’s not an event that you attend. Church is a group of people to whom you belong, and that belonging is built on a mutual commitment to Jesus and to each other (Mat. 16:15-19, 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 12:12-26; Eph. 4:1-16; Heb. 10:23-25)

According to the New Testament, getting involved in church is all about simple, yet intentional relationships. Though it may seem very unimpressive and highly unstructured, if you really want to get involved in church, then look no further than the people sitting near you on any given Sunday.

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Sure, there are always opportunities to get involved in facilitating programs, but the main focus of any church member should always be relational ministry with others.

We’ll follow up this post with 2 very specific ways to really get involved in church, but if you want a list of ideas for how to get involved in the church this week, check out what the New Testament writers tell you!

Learn to think biblically about church and approach it in a way that expresses a Biblical understanding of what it means to be part

    • Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another (devoted to one another) … in honor giving preference to one another
      12:16 Be of the same mind toward one another
      13:18 Love one another
      14:13 Do not judge one another
      14:19 Pursue the things … by which one may edify another
      15:5 Be like-minded toward one another
      15:7 Receive (accept) one another
      15:14 Admonish one another
    • 1 Corinthians 12:25 Care for one another
    • Galatians 5:13 Through love serve one another
      6:2 Bear one another’s burdens
    • Ephesians 4:2 Bear with one another in love
      4:32 Be kind one to another … Forgive one another
      5:19 Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
      5:21 Submit to one another
    • Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another
      3:13 Bear with one another … Forgive one another
      3:16 Teach and admonish one another
    • 1 Thessalonians 3:12 Increase and abound in love to one another
      4:18 Comfort one another
    • Hebrews 3:13 Exhort one another daily
      10:24 Consider one another in order to stir up love and good works
      10:25 Do not neglect assembling together
    • James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another
      5:9 Do not grumble (complain) against one another
      5:16 Confess your faults one to another .. Pray one for another
    • 1 Peter 1:22 Love one another fervently with a pure heart
      4:9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining
      5:5 Be submissive to one another
    • 1 John 3:11 Love one another
      3:23 Love one another
      4:7 Love one another
      4:11 Love one another
      4:12 Love one another
    • 2 John 5 Love one another

You can download a printable copy of these “One-Another Passages”.

 

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