GET CONNECTED TO OTHER CHRISTIANS: The significance of being a Christian

Prepared by: Ptr. Doods Agravante

Sunday School: November 16,2008

Teacher: Bro Jun Garabiag (Gumaoc Church of Christ Elder)

1. Christianity involves activity
   a. Some of that activity involves "working together" with other Christians
   b. Each Christian needs to understand the importance of our collective work

2. Sadly, many Christians live as though they believed in "solo Christianity"...
    That being a Christian involves minimal involvement with the local congregation
   a. They act like "independent" Christians - aloof, isolated, solitary
   b. The congregation's work becomes "what they are doing down there..."
       (instead of what "we" are doing)

3. The consequences of "solo Christianity" are dangerous...
   a. Such as inactivity, unhappiness, spiritual stagnation, etc.
   b. Recent studies suggest that people without active involvement in a church are more
       likely to have weakened immune systems,  therefore more likely to get sick
   c. The bottom line is that Christians rarely survive spiritually
      apart from their proper relationship with other Christians
   d. Like a glowing ember removed from the fire of which it is a 
      part...it soon cools and dies (while the other embers remain hot)
[Of course, it is not God's intention that this happen.  That is why one significant 
of being a Christian is that we are "Connected To Other Christians".]

A. THE “TOGETHER” ASPECT OF LIFE IN CHRIST 
            ILLUSTRATIONS OF TOGETHERNESS...

      1. One illustration is that of "fellowship" Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 1:9; 1 Jn. 1:3,7
          We work together as we extend "the right hand of fellowship" -  Gal. 2:9
         -The idea is that we share together in the work and rewards of Christian life

      2. Another illustration is that of "brotherhood" - 1 Pet. 2:17
         a. In Christ, we enjoy a family relationship - Mk 3:31-35
         b. We are the "house" or "family" of God – Eph. 2:19; 1 Tim. 3:15
         -The Christian needs to have a "family" consciousness about other Christians

      3. One more illustration is that of "membership" - 1 Co 12:27
         a. The church is Christ's "body" – Eph. 1:22-23
         b. Christians are "members of one another – Rom. 12:5         
         c. As members of the body, there are "corporate" (Latin 
            "corpus" means "body") responsibilities
         d. Body members are functionally interdependent 
            1) Not all members have the same function - Ro 12:3-8
            2) If the body (and its members) is to grow, each member  must contributeEph. 4:16
      There are not "vestigial" organs or "decorative" parts;  no useless or unimportant members

 B. THE CONCEPT OF LOCAL CHURCH "MEMBERSHIP"...
      1. The "local" church is different from the "universal" church
         a. "The church" of Christ universally is the sum of all Christians – Matt. 16:18
         b. "A church" of Christ locally is a specific group of Christians who function
             together as a congregation - Acts 14:23; 1 Cor. 1:2

      2. One is "added" by the Lord Himself to the "universal" church
         upon obedience to the gospel - Acts 2:41,47-The idea of becoming a Christian 
         and never a part of a local congregation is foreign to the Scriptures!

      3. Christian are obligated to participate in the life of a
         faithful congregation, whenever possible
         a. Participation in the fellowship with other Christians is not optional - 1 Cor. 5:1-13; 2 Thess. 3:6
         b. Much of what a Christian is to do is "for the common good - 1 Cor. 12:7 (NASV)
The main idea is that as Christians we have responsibilities to other Christians,
 in Christ we are truly "Connected To Other Christians". 
 

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