Titus 1:5 ¶ For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—
There is clear purpose for the local church, but let us ever be cautious to not allow our devotion to the church to exceed our commitment to Christ. The members of a local church can find common purpose, spiritual support and guidance through the unity it offers, but is must be built upon a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and biblical Lordship. The life of the individual must come from a personal devotion to Christ. There is clearly a need and mandate for organization to pool resources and gifts toward biblical expansion of the Kingdom of God. The local church should stand as a clear testimony to its community and a place of spiritual restoration and comfort. This requires a leadership serving unselfishly with true biblical motive and direction. Church leadership is commanded to teach, guide, protect and correct all members toward true Christian discipleship.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 16/Mk. 14:54-72; Deut. 28-29