About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
1 Corinthians 12:13
and 14 provide us with a fundamental aspect to the meaning of church.
The apostle Paul wrote this:
"For we were
all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body — whether Jews or
Gentiles, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Even so the body is not made
up of one part but of many."
Unlike many of us
today, Paul did not view his church membership to be based on whether he
liked the pastor or didn't like the pastor; whether he liked the style of
music played in worship or didn't like the style of music.
Likes and dislikes had no influence on Paul's entrance into church.
Personal preferences meant nothing to Paul.
"baptized" in 1 Corinthians 12:13 tells us how Paul viewed his
entrance into church. It was
by means of a Holy Spirit baptism. It
was by means of being immersed into the present-day Body of Christ, and
thus, being immersed into the lives of fellow believers.
Becoming a member
of the church is more than joining an organizational structure we commonly
call church. It is being
immersed into supportive personal relationships with those whom Jesus has
placed us alongside to accomplish His will.
So, the next time you sit with others in a gathering of believers,
you might ask yourself a few questions.
Do I view church in terms of being an organization that I attend or
have joined? Am I immersed
into the lives of any of those sitting around me?
Do I have any personal supportive relationships with anyone sitting
near me with whom I can serve Jesus?
we can understand and implement the meaning of being baptized into church,
then the church will be the effective witness for Jesus it was meant to