Keen to find out more about joining the GBC community?
We have a membership class called 'Church Matters' which teaches through what we believe and what it means to be a church member.
The next class will be conducted in person in Room 310 on 17 October 2020 from 9am to 12noon. You can sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/17octchurchmatters-signup. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Eugene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Church Matters?
'Church Matters' aims to foster a biblical understanding of the church and church membership. This is a key part of GBC’s disciple-making efforts. Why is this so crucial? It is because of how the Bible defines a disciple. A disciple is a forgiven sinner who is learning and growing in Christ in ongoing repentance and faith. Where does such learning and growth take place? It is in a local church, along with other believers. As Luke records in Acts 2, those who responded to Peter’s Pentecost sermon were added to the church. Together, these new disciples “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship” (v. 42). We need one another in order to grow together. It is only when “each part is working properly” that the whole body of Christ “builds itself up in love” (Eph 4:16).
Therefore the church matters. Commitment and connectedness to the local church are not optional to our discipleship, but are fundamental to how we follow Jesus. So in order to faithfully live as a disciple of Christ, we need to have a biblical understanding of Christ’s body, the church.
Being a church member should be different from being a member of a secular organisation. What unites us is not common self-interests but a shared Saviour, who has self-sacrificially lavished His grace upon us. The gospel of Jesus Christ cements and sustains our relationships with one another. We follow in Jesus’ footsteps by doing nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, by humbly counting others more significant than ourselves and by considering the interests of others, not just our own (Php 2:3-4). The church is where we grow in Christ-like love, holiness, humility and wisdom.
Whether or not we have been Christians for 4 weeks or 40 years, we all need to hear what the Bible says about how we live with one another in community. The more we listen to God, the more we become like Him. Church matters to God.