We will talk about some Misconceptions of our relationship together and also failed appreciation, getting hung up on the peculiarities of people. We can struggle to really assess from heavens point of view and a Biblical point of view, what this really is, wha we have together. Along with that go unrealistic expectations we have of people, that everyone will be spiritually mature and always say the right things. Lastly, we’ll talk about uninspired participation. This is worthy of our utmost zeal and attention. Psalm 149, assembly of the faithful. It is Important we make proper distinctions between universal fellowship and local. When someone is baptized into Christ they become members of the church universal. They are not automatically a member of our local church. They still need to meet with the elders if they want to worship and work with us.
Limits of public confession. Going to the front and confessing sin does not automatically fix everything regarding sin in their lives. There is no example of that happening in the NT, for one thing. It may still be a good step to take on the path to forgiveness by God and acceptance into the local church. But it does not mean they have repented. Some people make public confession and there is no change in their life afterward. It is also not a requirement to ask for sins to be forgiven. Repentance mean you have to rid yourself of the sinful practices and/or relationships that are contrary to God’s Word.
Termination of local church membership. Membership involves an agreement between two parties. I want to participate with this group and the group decides they wish to extend an invitation to do so. When someone decides they want to join another congregation they terminate the membership. What about the person who leaves and says that but never attends that other congregation? That happens a lot because people don’t want to be “withdrawn from.” You need to be more concerned with fellowship with God than with this church or that church.
Holiness requires involvement. There is no concept of a “member at large.” 1 Cor12 talks about our need for one another, as do other passages. Local church involvement helps refine our character and is part of our personal spiritual growth. We’re here in our local church to make a difference in the lives of other people. There is concern that some may look upon the church as to what it can do for me, rather than what I can do for others. Don’t underestimate your contribution in assisting others in their spiritual journey to heaven.