The Bible says that we are God's household. The church is a family. Many Christians however refused to belong to any church where they can say "I belong". True, every Christian belongs to the universal church of Jesus Christ, but yet at the same time, if you read the New Testament, the word "church" is frequently used to refer to a local specific group of believers in a specific place like we are here in FECC.
We must understand that it is God's will that we belong to a church family. "You are a member of God's very own family." Many of us seem to think that “I was born into this world, so it is natural that I belong to the human race. In the same token when I was born again by the Spirit, I naturally belong to the church of Christ." Nevertheless, I don't think we will ever be satisfied to just belong to the human race, you want to be a part of a family, like I want to be a part of the "Lao" family. A Christian without belonging to a local church is just like an orphan.
Some reasons why people don't want to join a church are: "I am free to do whatever I want.” "I can go from one church to another, they are all the same." "I have not found a perfect church yet..."What they are really saying is "We want to play ball, but we don't want to be a part of any team" or "I want to play an instrument but not in an orchestra." The fact is if you are strong, we need you and you need us, because we need each other to be strong in our Christian faith.
If you are a Christian, you are a part of the body or Christ. You could be the hand, the ear, the nose, the eyes, the liver... What would you say if the liver said, I think for one week I'll be a part of this body over here, and the next week I'll be a part of that body over there..." Can you imagine the liver floating around every week? No doubt, the unconnected liver will shrivel up and die in no time. You need to be a part of a local church family.
As members of FECC, let us actively participate in the ministries of Christ’s church. Today, as we gather for our annual membership meeting, we ask for your cooperation in making yourself available for this important event. Not only that we can exercise our privilege of attending and voting for the essential matters, we also demonstrate our commitment and love to God and His church.
We are committed to glorify the Lord Jesus, to safeguard the unity of the church, to share its mission, to serve the ministry and to support the testimony of the church. We must always remember that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and we are His body. God loves and cares for His church, and when we love God, we must love His church too.