Are you a member of a church? If yes, do you know what your job is, according to the Bible? Put aside the job of the pastor, the youth guy, the children’s director, or the deacons for a moment and ask a question not many even think to ask: what is the job of a regular old church member? What’s the job description of a ordinary member of a church?
Jonathan Leeman answers:
A church member’s job…
is to know the gospel,
to only support teachers who teach the gospel,
to live by the gospel in word and deed,
to help other church members do the same,
and to call non-Christian neighbors to the obedience of repentance and faith in Christ the Savior-King.
We help other church members by knowing them, by involving ourselves in their lives, and by speaking “only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear” (Eph 4: 29). This is the picture of a body “building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part” (Eph 4: 16).
(Taken from Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age (Kindle Locations 649-655). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)
There’s more to being a church member than many think, let alone practice. But, may God fill our churches with people of such a mind.
For a little more explanation of each idea, see Leeman’s article, “7 Responsibilities as a Church Member” here.