Marks of a Faithful Church Member, by Joel R. Beeke

Published in Ordained Servant, Volume 21, 2012

 

Ephesians 4:11-16

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ -- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

 

I. Mark One: Receiving Christís W††††††††††††††††††

  1. P††††††††††††††††††††† Dimension: We personally h††††††††††††††††† for the Word (1 Peter 2.2).

 

 

 

  1. P††††††††††††††††††††† Dimension: We practice faithful a††††††††††††††††††††† upon the Word (Heb. 10.25).

 

 

 

  1. P††††††††††††††††††††† Dimension: We actively l†††††††††††††††††††††† to the Word (Luke 8.15).

 

 

 

II. Mark Two: U††††††††††††††††††††††† with Christís Person

A.     Private Dimension: We personally t††††††††††††††††††† in Christ (Colossians 2.6-7).

 

 

 

B.     Public Dimension: We make diligent use of the s†††††††††††††††††††††††† (Romans 6.1-4; Luke 22.19).

 

 

 

C.     Practical Dimension: We exercise practical o†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† to Christ (John 14.15).

 

 

 

III. Mark Three: Connected to Christís P†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

A.     Private Dimension: We are personally connected by l†††††††††††††††††† (1 Thessalonians 4.9-10).

 

 

 

B.     Public Dimension: We publicly confess our f††††††††††††††††††† (Romans 10.8-10).

 

 

 

C.     Practical Dimension: We practice h†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (1 Peter 4.9).


 

 

IV. Mark Four: Serving Others for Christís Kingdom

  1. Private Dimension: We personally serve with zeal (Romans 12.11).

 

 

 

 

  1. Public Dimension: We publicly witness for Christ (Matthew 10.32-33).

 

 

 

 

  1. Practical Dimension: We practice good stewardship (Matthew 6.19-21).

 

 

 

 

V. Mark Five: Growing in Christís Image

A.     Private Dimension: We are personally humble (Ephesians 4.1-2).

 

 

 

 

B.     Public Dimension: We faithfully attend prayer meetings (Acts 2.42).

 

 

 

 

C.     Practical Dimension: We engage in meditation (Psalm 1.1-3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marks of a Faithful Church Member

Private dimension

Public Dimension

Practical Dimension

1. Receiving Christ's Word

Hunger for the Word?

Faithful Attendance on the Word?

Active Listening to the Word?

2. Union with Christ's Person

Personal Trusting in Christ?

Diligent Using of Sacraments?

Practical Obedience to Christ?

3. Connected to Christ's People

Love God's People?

Publicly Confess the Faith?

Practice Hospitality?

4. Serving Others for Christ's Kingdom

Serve with Zeal?

Publicly Witness for Christ?

Practice Good Stewardship?

5. Growing into Christ's Image

Growing Humble?

Attend Prayer Meetings?

Engage in Meditation?