HOW DOES THE CHURCH WORK?
If your family enjoys singing, fire up a laptop or tablet. The following songs are some that we sing at PBC and can be found (with words) on YouTube.
How does the church work? What do I mean?
I don’t mean mechanically! Although that is important as well. For instance, without a pastor, a music/worship leader, ministers over various areas such as preschool, children, youth, missions, the local church would miss a sense of direction.
Think about the word “Function.” How does the church function?
The church functions through the staff, deacons, and everyone who volunteers. Remember, the Bible describes Jesus as the head leader of the church;
Colossians 1:18 – “and He is the head of the body, the church, who is from the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence (that means He(Jesus) surpassed everything else).
Read 1 Corinthians 12:15-27 (Take a few minutes to read these verses as a family in your preferred versions. Take time for everyone to have their own Bible in hand as you read.)
So how does the church function? How does the church carry on the function of making a difference? How does PBC make a difference by Loving God, Loving Others, and Showing Others God’s Love?
First, the church seeks to help EVERYONE become a BELIEVER in Jesus Christ.
There are many ways that we do this; through preaching, teaching, and evangelism (sharing the Good News of Jesus).
Second, the church seeks to encourage & help people be faithful to the Lord. We do this by spending time with each other in the Lord through Bible study and fellowship. We support one another!
One of the greatest challenges that people face is being alone. The Bible teaches us to be together. When God created everything, one of the things that He clearly said was that it was not good that man be alone (Genesis 2:18); therefore, God created woman. The verse even says that he created a “help meet” or “helper.” God never intended for us to experience life alone or by ourselves without other people around us. That is one of the reasons “the church” (the body/not the building) is SO important.
As a family take a few minutes to talk about How your family chooses to be a part of the body:
- Do you attend worship?
- Are each of you in a Sunday School class (not just the kids, how about you adults?)
- Do you just do church stuff on Sundays or are you involved in the extended ministry of the church?
Finally, what adjustments do you or does your family need to make to make sure you are not trying to make a difference with Jesus alone?
Before you end your discussion as a family be sure to recognize that The Church also functions according to certain standards and values.
The church values Believing in Jesus.
The church values being Baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. At PBC baptism is by immersion in the water, not sprinkling and not something done as an infant but when a person makes their own decision to follow Christ.
The church values being Faithful in learning and living.
The church values Participation in worship and small groups and “building up one another.” Hebrews 10:25
The church values being a Witness. Being a witness means telling others what Jesus is to you!
The church values being a Servant. Everyone can serve in the body of believers called the church.
The church believes in being a Steward. That means being committed to supporting the work and effort of the church in taking care of the People (One Another), the Programs (the activities and classes), the Physical property (taking responsibility for cleaning, upkeep, and protecting), Prayer (become a person of prayer – talk with God each day), and for the Processes (there are ways the church functions, such as how to become a teacher, deacon, volunteers.) We will talk more about these soon.
Do you have eternal life?
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Read my story at WhatIValuemost.com (search for Andrew Orr)