whyjo in a chu rch ? o f the Word; lonely and longing for the fellowship of people with like interests and problems. All of this I find as I pray, walk, worship, and work with other Christians in my local church. To join a church is a public admission of need. It has been well said that the church is not a gallery for the better exhibition o f eminent Christians, but a school for the education of the imperfect ones, a nursery for the care o f the weak ones, a hospital for the healing of the wounded ones. When one joins the church as an admission of need, he does not wait for some delegation to plead with him. Rather, he knocks and cries, “Brethren, I am so weak that I cannot stand alone; so please help me, open the door and let me in.” IV. I BELONG TO THE CHURCH AS A DEDI CATION TO A TASK. The task of making Christ known is an endless one. It is beyond the ability of a single individual. It involves many things: The training of workers. The printing o f Bibles and Bible literature. The sending forth of workers. The support of missionaries. The erection and maintenance o f church build ings.
The establishment of new gospel centers and congregations. In the local congregation there is the teaching of the child, the guidance of the youth, the strength ening o f the adult, the ministry to the sick, the evangelizing of the lost, the confirming of the young believer. There is all of this and much more. No one per son can do all of it. To each is given a small part in the great program. I thus pool my efforts with those o f the many—teaching but a few, supporting financially in part, praying daily in the closet and weekly in the fellowship, singing one part in the four-part harmony, giving a word of testimony as part of the message going around the world. Dedi cated to the task of making Christ known, I am determined to reach as many as possible. This I do through my membership in my church.
My tithe might not be adequate to support fully a single missionary, publish a single Bible, finance a single translation, build one Sunday school room, erect a church building. But by adding mine to that of the many others these tasks can be accomplished. My testimony in the commuunity can reach, at best, just a few but by joining with the others I can make an impact for Christ which will be felt there and around the world. LADIES! a most unusual COOKBOOK...
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