Many people are motivated to be involved in church because of the relationships; finding friends, and becoming involved in support groups that can help them with issues in their lives.

Others are merely marginal attendees who go because it is expected of them by a parent or grandparents, or else they are driven to attend out of guilt.

To others, a church is a fertile spot to find business connections — it will bolster the family business to rub shoulders with other business people in the church. Perhaps others are looking for their life’s mate in church.

Granted, there is no better place in the world to hook up with good business relations, or to find companionship — but what is the true biblical motive for being involved in the church?

Ephesians 3:21 tells us that being involved in the ministries of the church is for the purpose of glorifying God. “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” The biblical intent of the church is to provide the means whereby God will receive glory through your life.

In Acts 2:42 we find that the members of the church in Jerusalem were devoted to the teaching of scripture, to fellowship, breaking of bread (communion) and prayer. Communion (or the Lord’s Supper) is for the purpose bringing to our remembrance, the broken body of Christ on the cross and the shedding of his blood. The bread (unleavened bread without man-made additives) is a perfect illustration of Christ’s sinless body; and the drink (pure grape juice without additives) which symbolize Christ’s perfect blood which was sacrificed for the remission of the sins of man. Jesus told his disciples to observe this supper “In remembrance of me.”

Church also has another function — discipline. Jesus gives us the procedure in Matthew 18. If a member walks in a way which is not conducive to holy living, it is the church’s responsibility to (lovingly) confront such a member and seek restoration.

The Apostle Paul mentioned two church members, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were teaching false doctrine (1 Timothy 1:20) He turned them out of the church, or as he put it, “delivered them unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.” If a person becomes subject to biblical, loving church discipline, it may seem harsh, but the real purpose of the discipline is to restore one to fellowship with God - and with the church. A church that practices this discipline with the right spirit will be blessed.

The most important ministry of the church is found in Matthew 28:18-20. The church is to spread the gospel throughout the world, to baptize new converts, and to train or disciple young Christians.

This information is obviously not popular with the world — but for one who genuinely knows Christ, there is no greater joy or fulfillment on earth than to be identified with the Lord’s New Testament Church.