Walnut Street Baptist Church Is Not About My Preferences and Desires

As we journey together through the summer rediscovering from scripture what it means to be a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church we have relied on Thom Rainer’s book, “I Am a Church Member” for context and background. One of the most difficult truths of Church membership is that church is not about me, my desires, preferences, or rights.

It’s all about Jesus and it’s all about serving.  Here is an excerpt from Rainer,

The word servant occurs 57 times in the New Testament. Sometimes it refers to a person who has that official role in a household. But many times it refers to the role we are to assume as Christians. Also, serve occurs 58 times in the New Testament. Get the picture?

Serving is important in the Bible. Jesus said we must be last of all and servant of all. That doesn’t sound like all the church members we may know. Many church members demand their preferences, their desires, and the way they’ve always done it. But Jesus said we are to serve. Paul said it as well. After he became a Christian, the apostle declared, “I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of His power” (Eph. 3: 7).

We will never find joy in church membership when we are constantly seeking things our way. But paradoxically, we will find the greatest joy when we choose to be last. That’s what Jesus meant when He said the last will be first. True joy means giving up our rights and preferences and serving everyone else. And that’s what church membership means as well.

We Labor together With God,

Why Attend Worship this Week? 99 Reasons Why You Should

It’s all too easy to come up with excuses for not doing things, like going to church.     Instead, why not think about the reasons you should go to Church this weekend? 

99 reasons why you should be in worship this Sunday:

  • The Bible indicates it’s what we should do. (Hebrews 10:25)
  • You will have the opportunity to worship God.
  • Being there is a sign of your discipleship.
  • Being there will encourage your Pastor and leaders.
  • You’ll be encouraged in your walk with God.
  • You’ll likely encourage other people in their walk with God.
  • It will help you understand the Bible.
  • If you have kids, it will teach them to value God and His Church.
  • People who attend church usually live longer (google it!)
  • You’ll hear great things God is doing in His Church locally and around the world
  • Your family needs you to go.
  • Because it’s good to have your views and opinions challenged.
  • Because we all need regular reminders of our position in Christ.
  • It will remind you that you have nothing to fear.
  • It will help you to be a happy person.
  • It will positively influence future generations.

For the remaining 83 click here.