The Lord speaks through His Word on the importance of being involved with God’s family, the church.
God has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God's own family. 1 Peter 1:3 I am writing these things to you (so) you'll know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth. 1 Tim 3:15
As we lead up to next week’s National Back to Church Sunday I will be blogging on why we need the church. Today let’s look at the question, Why should church be important to me? A great answer to this question comes from the Pupose Driven Life teachings.
BEING A CHRISTIAN IS MORE THAN BELIEVING…IT INCLUDES BELONGING!
You belong in God's household with every other Christian. Ephesians 2:19
1. A church family will help me FOCUS ON GOD
Love the Lord your God with all your heart ... and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Matthew 22:37-38
Magnify (Honor) the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! Ps 34:3
2. A church family will help me FACE(ing) MY PROBLEMS so I’m not alone
Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him ... So encourage each other and give each other strength 1 Thessalonians. 5:10-11
You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts ... 1 Peter 3:8
In Christ, we who are many, form one Body and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5
3. A church family will help me GROW IN MY FAITH
Let us go on ... and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Hebrews 6:1
4. A church family will help me DISCOVER MEANING(fathoming) through helping others
It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2:10 There are different kinds of service ... together you form the Body of Christ and each one of you is a necessary part of it. 1 Corinthians.12:5,27
5. A church family will help me TELL MY FRIENDS(ship) about God’s way
Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others about the Good News of God's kindness and love. Acts 20:24
Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved ... (but) how can they believe if they've never heard? And how can they hear unless someone tells them? Romans 10:13-14
Make plans to come the family gathering this week. Amen?