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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 08:41:52 -0500
Not One Member

Most every congregation of the Lord's church has more than one
member. Those that do, find it much easier to spread the word of
God in their community. Each congregation of the Lord's church
has the same basic work to do; teach the word of God to the
lost, strengthen and encourage those that are members and give
aid to the needy. There are as many ways to accomplish these
works as there are members doing the work. However, there are
some members who will not do anything because they lack
confidence in the abilities they do have. Often members feel
like their contribution will not amount to much compared to what
others are doing. 

God designed the church so that every member has a job to do.
Every member is needed for the local congregation to function
properly. There is not one member who is more important to the
church than any other; all have a job to do. Through the apostle
Paul, the Spirit writes about this concept of the importance of
each member: "For the body is not one member, but many. If the
foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body;
is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say,
Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore
not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the
hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But
now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as
it hath pleased him. But now are they many members, yet but one
body" (1 Cor. 12:14-20). Just as our physical bodies need all
the parts to function correctly, so the church needs each member
to accomplish what God wants done. The elders are no more
important than the one who prepares the Lord's Supper. The
preacher is no more important than those who clean the building.
The class teacher is no more important than the one who visits a
sick brother or sister to see what they can do to help.

If you are wondering if your contribution to the local
congregation of the church is important, it is. The church needs
everyone to do what they can. Do not worry about what you cannot
do just do what you can. Encourage each other to do what they
can because "much more those members of the body, which seem to
be more feeble, are necessary" (1 Cor. 12:22). God says everyone
is necessary for the body of Christ to properly function.
Believe Him and do what you can.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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