As you can see this article is titled serving in the church building, but let me explain, the church building is not the body of Christ. The body of Christ can assemble anywhere, it does not have to be in the church building.
The body of Christ represent people who are true believers and not church people. Church people go to church almost every Sunday, give some money to the so-called church building, sit at or near the front and judge all people.
I have a few verses below from the bible concerning serving the body of Christ, which is pertaining to Christians (true believers).
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV) – We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Most religious leaders, preachers and teachers use these verses to try to force members to serve in the church building where religious services are held. There is nothing wrong with that, but I think the members should be told this is not limited to the building where religious services held, but to every Christian everywhere.
I truly believe that if the church building you attend for religious worship service needs volunteers to help make the meeting go smoothly, the members should do whatever it is that they are able to do to help out. Just do not use bible verses to accomplish that, simple say the congregation needs volunteers.
The bible does not state where Christians should use their spiritual gifts. I believe you should use your spiritual gifts everywhere people need your special spiritual gifts. Your spiritual gifts may be needed twenty-four hours a day every day and not just on Sundays. it should not be limited the church building.
You must understand that the majority of the people in most religious worship service are just plain stupid church people. They have no idea of the real purpose religious worship; they feel they are doing the world a favor by attending a church building.
Do not fault these church people for being that way, instead pray for them. Beside they have no one to teach them, because the so-called teacher is too busy criticizing and judging other people, pray for them too.
Keep in mind, serving the body of Christ is more than just verses. It is about serving all people everywhere. Remember your spiritual gifts, no matter how small, is significant. I hope you got the true meaning of serving body of Christ from this article.