March 14, 2010
Elders are responsible for the spiritual leadership of God's people, but how can they fulfill their duties if there are no members? Teaching from Acts 20, Alistair Begg explains why the local church is vitally important and why membership matters. We must be careful not to neglect what the early Church took for granted: that every Christian would join with others in the membership of a local congregation, united in fellowship.
28Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God,4 which he obtained with his own blood.5 29I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
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