The Responsibilities of a Member

 

  • Serving 
    • First of all, there is the responsibility to serve. The church carries on its work very largely because there are men and women, young people and children, who are willing to give without any form of payment for their time and talent in places or service. (Mark 10:45, Romans 12:10-11)

  • Learning
    • However, along with this responsibility of service comes the equally important obligation of learning. It is not enough to be willing to serve; people must also be willing to learn how to serve to the best of their ability. Anyone who helps others learn must first develop a growth faith and be able to articulate it.  Participating in Bible Study already existing in the Church is one good way to come to a more full understanding of the biblical message. The habit of daily Bible study should be formed. Do not try to read for distance. Try to read for profit. (2 Timothy 2:15)

  • Giving
    • We have the responsiblity also to give of our means. We shold give to the best of our ability, for giving is a sacred means provided by the church whereby you may have part in the preaching of the gospel in your own community, in promoting city mission work, in maintaining missionary teachers, doctors, and workers in the foreign field, and enabling your church to have in many other ways a saving outreach. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:16-20)  A Christian should give freely and cheerfully:

      • A gift of money that is made grudgingly and unwillingly is not acceptable to God.

      • A Christian should not give with any thought to reward.  (2 Corinthians 8:5)

      • Giving should be systematic and proportionate. (1 Corinthians 16:2, RSV)

      • We believe in the tithe. (Hebrews 7:1-11; Malachi 3:8-12)

      • Your tithe is proportionate to your salary or any other form (planned or unexpected) of income that you receive. God requires 10% of your TOTAL beginning income (before taxes, bills, savings, etc.).

  • Witnessing
    • There is a sacred obligation to be a witness for Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 5:16)

  • Praying
    • YOu also have a responsibility to pray. Here at the beginning of your Chrisitan life at Antioch, start the practice of daily prayer. Choose whatever time is best for you. Make your prayer life regular, so that it will be most helpful.   (1Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 11:6-13, James 4:2-3, James 5:16)

  • Worshipping
    • You have a responsibility to worship. Worship keeps the soul of your church alive and the fires of inspiration burning. As long as you attend with regularity, you will continue to grow as a Christian.

  • Continuing
    • You have a responsibility to continue your loyalty to your church and to The Lord. An active Christian is a happy Christian. It is importatnt that every Christian should have fellowship with other Christians, feel a responsibility to a local church and be ministered to by a local church. (Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 10:25)