What God Expects From His People In The Local Church
First, God expects His people to love Him with all their heart, mind, and soul (Matt 22:37). They are to love Jesus more than their own desires (Matt 10:38). Public profession of faith occurs at baptism (Acts 9:18, 10:48). Baptism is the mark of a follower of Christ (Matt 28:19). Therefore, the local church is made up of baptized believers in the name of Jesus Christ.
God expects His people to love each other. This love we have for each other is a distinguishing sign that separates the church from the world (1 John 3-4). We edify and encourage each other to walk in holiness and blameless. Loving each other also implies holding each other accountable. Church discipline should always be done prescribed by Jesus in Matthew 18. Discipline always has the goal of reconciliation with Jesus and to the local body. Discipline is done in love without exception.
Paul uses the human body to illustrate that every member of a local church has a unique and active role in the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). Thus, every member actively serves in helping fulfill the purpose of the church.
God expects His people to share the message of salvation to the world (Matt 28:19-20, Acts 1:8). Gift of salvation is meant to be shared with everyone. The intention of the Giver is for His gift to be shared with everyone. Thus, the Giver receives more glory when His church fulfills the intention of the Giver.
God expects His people to support the mission of the local church financially (2 Corinthians 8-9). Giving should always been seen as promoting the Gospel to the world, specifically Fort Scott.
God expects His people to put effort in attending worship services and other gatherings such as the Lord’s Supper and Baptisms. “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Heb 10:24-25 NAU)