As we approach our 71st anniversary, I rejoice in the Lord’s organism, the local New Testament church.  I am so glad that Jesus founded the church while He was here on earth and then empowered it on Pentecost in order that we may effectively fulfill the Great Commission.

There are several analogies used to speak of the local fellowship of baptized believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church is spoken of as a bride, a building, a family, and a house, but my favorite is that of a body.   As a church body, the Lord Jesus is our head and we are His members.

In I Corinthians 12:12-27, we are reminded that this local church body is composed of many members and every member is essential to the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole.  There are no insignificant or unnecessary members.  Never allow the devil to cause you to think, “I do not matter at Beacon Baptist Church” or “I am a nobody” or “You would never miss me at Beacon.”  None of those statements are true.  Every member is important. Every member is a part of the body.

Ephesians 4:16 states emphatically that we belong to one another, affect one another, and need one another as members of a local church body.  We are all “joined together” and are growing into Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:15).  We are to look to Christ as our head and live like Him.  We are all needed in the growth process both as individual believers and as members of the body.

I want to exhort all of us as members to be all the Lord wants us to be both individually and corporately for His glory.  Let’s serve the Lord with the gifts He has given us and fulfill the place He has put us in the body.  May God continue to be glorified in and through Beacon Baptist Church.

See you Sunday!