“It is also important for us to be active members of a local church so we can join with others in performing the work of the Church. To be a Christian is not just to be rightly related to God through faith in Christ. It is also to be linked with other believers in an effective ministry for Christ.

As Christians, we belong to God; we have given our lives for His service. You are not your own, you were bought with a price —the precious blood of Christ (1 Cor. 6:19-20) While we are not saved by good works, we are saved for good works (Eph. 2:10). We have been called by God’s grace to serve Him out of gratitude. We do this best when we serve together in and through the Church.

The predominant metaphor for the Church in the New Testament is the Body of Christ of which each individual Christian is a member. Just as a human body needs the various mem­bers to work together and function harmoniously, so the Church needs the members of which it is comprised to work together and function harmoniously as well.

The Church is the community of God’s people called to know, love and serve Him. We are called to live together in true community as a witness to the character and values of the Kingdom of God. The Church is the agent of God’s mission on earth. The Gospel—the good news of God’s love in Christ—calls us to someone, as well as something. That someone is Jesus Christ and that something is His church.” -Dr. Steven C. Riser