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Thursday, January 27th, 2011

What A Church ‘Member’ Looks Like?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

It’s true that every Christian is a “member” of the “church” universal, but what about, local? Actually in the Bible that’s how a Christian “member” is defined(1Cor.1:2). A Christian is not only a member of the church universal, but also local.

So what does a member look like?

Some churches have “formal memberships” to their church — while this is not the case at Calvary Chapel — we do believe in being a “member” of the church. That’s why we’re encouraging every Christian to be a “N.T. Member In 2011” which stands for a “New Testament Member In 2011!” That’s what we want to be at CCA(Calvary Chapel Auburn) to the glory of Jesus Christ, the King and Lord!

#1 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” Commit to be trained for Christian growth (Discipleship!) (John 8:31-32; Acts 2:42; Romans 10:17; Eph 4:11-16)

#2 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” Grow in love with our/your Father, the Heavenly Father. Have your identity, value, and security in nothing else than the Father in Christ. Cut out the thinking that God is a “means to an end!” (I Jn 3:1-2; Rom 8:15; Col 3:3) 

#3 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” “PLANT A TREE:” invest in the “Soil” of the community. “Volunteer” short term or long term! “…joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” (Eph. 4:16). 

#4 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” never tear believers apart! Be a responsible local Christian and global Christian. Understand that differences will exist among Christians. Commit to “Unity in diversity”. “In the essentials, unity. Non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love!”(Jn 13:35; 1Cor 1:10-13; Rom 16:17)  

#5 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” see Placer County as a Mission Field. Be Missional. Be a part of planting the “seed” of the Gospel in this generation. The church that fails to evangelize will fossilize! e.g. “Don’t be the Dead Sea!” (Matt 28:18-20; Matt 9:37-38; 1 Cor 3:9) 

#6 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” add your voice to the praise of the King. “If Jesus led a hymn would you sing along?” (Heb 13:5; Matt 26:30; I Tim 2:8) 

#7 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” support the ministry of the church financially! (1Cor 16:1-2; 2 Cor 9:7; Mal 3:10)  

#8 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” turn from all secret sin because you are linked to others and your influence will either add to the ministry of the Gospel or it will weaken it. (Acts 5)

#9“N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” make a genuine profession of faith in Jesus Christ and to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:4)

#10 “N.T. (CCA) Member 2011” make the profession “I am a Jesus Christ follower!” Be His hands and feet to help meet Physical, Emotional and most important, Spiritual needs! (Matt 16:24; Matt 9:37-38)  

Are you in?