The Church is not a building for weddings and funerals. The Church is the body of Christ. It is the community of the redeemed for which Christ died. Believers gather together for worship, for ministry, for building one another up, for confession of sin, for prayer, and for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We gather to celebrate baptism as people trust Christ as Savior. We gather around the Lord's Supper table to celebrate His death which made possible our union with him and with one another. The Church is made up of imperfect people who have experienced the redeeming grace of God. The Church is on mission in this world to tell everyone the Gospel of Jesus and to make disciples. Jesus loved the Church and gave Himself for her on a bloody cross. Therefore, I love the Church and will dedicate my life to playing my part in the local expression of it. Will you?
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.” (1 Corinthians 12:12–26, NLT)