A Local Church
A local church is a body of brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are one family. One life is ours, one love is ours, and one objective (to know more of and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to be found in His righteousness) is ours.
This is the comfort and strength of all, that we are all one with Christ in God’s sight.
We cannot properly minister the Gospel of Christ without each other.
One cannot say, “My presence or absence will not be noticed because I don’t preach, teach, pray publicly, nor lead the singing.” Your presence in the house of God to worship Him is both desired and much needed. You are a comfort and encouragement to other brethren.
Another cannot say, “My gift will not be missed because I cannot give as much as some.” All of God’s people should give whenever and whatever they can give as the Lord blesses them. No gift is too small. What may seem small is great for the cause of Christ.
The point is this: We are a family, a body, and “The eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you” (1 Corinthians 12:21).
All brethren are equally loved of God and equally of need by one another.
By Henry Mahan