THE CHURCH NEEDS YOU AND YOU NEED THE CHURCH!©
Our Adult Sunday School Zoom Fellowship was very enlightening and fruitful yesterday morning. Some of the questions that came up were: “Why do we have to assemble ourselves together?" "Why can’t Believers just do his or her own thing at home?" Why?
Why isn’t watching YouTube videos and television ministries enough? Why does one have to also assemble him or herself with others in a local church whether it be in a building, home, or via any other audio or video virtual format? Why? Why does God’s Word declare in Matthew 18:20 that “where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them?”
God did not save us for our sakes only, but we have also been saved for the sake of others. The Word does not state wherever you are I am in the midst even though where you are God is too. God created us to grow His family, and we cannot do that alone. It was God who told Adam that “it is not good for the man to be alone” in Genesis 2:18. Adam did not know what he needed until he got what he needed. The woman. God knew. And God knows what we need in order for us to mature as Believers.
We cannot mature and grow being alone. We cannot mature and grow fellowshipping with the television, computer and/or cellphone without being present and accounted for in a local church. We are called to support our local church which is the Bride of Christ so that its light continues to shine for those who are lost in darkness. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
God calls us to unite and get together with folks who – before doing so - we wouldn’t have ordinarily gotten togeher with. This is how we mature and grow as Christians. This is how we learn how to love our neighbors as ourselves. As we continue to commit ourselves to fellowshipping with a local church where people get to know us and we get to know them, we will find ourselves growing and maturing. There will be a supernatural bonding as we commit to involving ourselves in Bible Study, Church School, Prayer Meetings, and Sunday Morning Worship Services. "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16.
Find a church. See if any of the local churches in your community are streaming their services online during this COVID-19 pandemic and participate with them one Sunday. Pray about it. Ask God to lead you to a church where you can mature and grow in His Word. It is not good to do it alone. The church needs you and you need the church.
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