These clubs and civic organizations, for the most part, do a good work among society.
They offer help and assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to get certain
services they need. Others are for mere enjoyment, but these are just that organizations
made up of men with largely human principles and ideals.
The sad part is many are looking to the good deeds they do to ensure their acceptance
of God. They are depending upon their busyness and contributions to society. There is
absolutely nothing wrong in being involved in our communities or volunteering our time and talents, but we must understand that good works alone cannot save. For the scripture says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
these are just organizations, made up of men. The church is much different. It isn’t an
organization, in fact, it is an organism. The church is a living thing. Those who genuinely make up the church were born of God and live unto Him. Our membership never ceases, because we never really die. We just change locations. For God’s word says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).
The word church is translated from the Greek word ecclesia and literally means “a called-out assembly.” Of all the groups and activities, I have been involved in, none compare to the church. I rejoice to be a part of the church. I am pleased to identify with the church. I wasn’t voted in; I was born into the church! The “Church” is a special place and the purpose of this series is to hopefully bring to light the importance of and essence of what the Church is and should mean in our lives. Next time we’ll look at some key elements of the Church.