How Do I Commit to the Local Church? (pt. 2)

12 Ways to Commit to the Local Church

[Part 1 with #1-4]

5.      Obey

Commitment to the church requires obedience.  First, it requires obedience to God, but secondly it requires obedience to those whom God has providentially put over you.  Hebrews 10:17 makes it clear that obedience is an important part of the process.  This does mean that you have a cult like allegiance to any leader.  But understand this, when you are a part of a church you have a biblical responsibility to respect and obey the God-ordained leaders of that congregation.

6.      Pray

It is absolutely critical for you to be praying for the needs of your local church.  Ephesians 6:18 says that we need to always be alert in this matter.  When we are praying for the needs of our church then it will not only be used by God, but it will better equipped to serve our church.  We will know the needs that need to be met, we will know the people, and we will have a greater love for those we are praying for.

7.      Give Sacrificially

Commitment to the local church requires that you give sacrificially to the church.  Proverbs 3:9 is clear in its teaching.  1 Corinthians 9:6-7 is also clear in its teaching; we must give generously and cheerfully to the church.  This is a requirement for commitment to the local church.  Sometimes it is hard to give to the church, especially when you don’t have much.  But God’s word is clear.  If we trust God to provide for our needs then we are going to give to the church.  Furthermore, if the church is a priority for us then we are going to give our money to the church before we spend it on things like entertaining ourselves.

8.      Take your commitment seriously

When you join a local church and make a commitment to that church you are entering into a covenant with that church.  Understand that your church is not just another organization that you are a part of.  God has placed in you in that church, you have entered a covenant with that church, now you need to take that commitment seriously.