The Office of Church Member

When one is elected to membership in a Church of Christ, Scientist, or in a Christian Science Society, he occupies an important office—the office of member. This office involves priceless privileges, opportunities, benefits; it also imposes duties, obligations, responsibilities. For example, it is a privilege to participate in the healing and redeeming activities of a church or society. But this privilege carries with it certain duties which, as they are fulfilled, make one's membership a spiritually enriching experience.

One of the duties of a church member, and a very important one, is to maintain a spiritual sense of his identity as a child of God, completely at one with the divine source of his being, and in this way to recognize his inseparability from Truth and Love. A corresponding duty is to gain and maintain a spiritual sense of Church: what its purpose is, how this purpose is fulfilled in human experience, and what part an individual member plays in its fulfillment.

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