It is important for you to be an active, attending member of a local church. There is no getting around it. Christians should desire to be a part of a church, and in order to be a part of a church, you’ll want to plug in and serve with that church. It becomes difficult to do that when we have 10 other priorities demanding more of our lives. Inviting people to church and telling others about Bethel (or your church) is great! But first, we need you as well. Here’s some reasons why:
1. It is part of what we do, and why we do it – Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
How many ways can you interpret that verse that don’t involve consistency and commitment to attending a church?
2. You set a model for new members and new Christians. Our fledgling Christians are looking at you, older and wiser Christians, and are imitating your commitment and consistency in attending church and serving Christ. If you’re here only when circumstances are convenient, rest assured that your example is noticed and imitated.
3. You are more fruitful when you are faithful. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”
4. God can do more for you with your commitment than you can do for yourself by committing to other things. Yes, I’m talking about jobs and employment here. Sometimes we have to work on Sundays, I get that. But at the end of our lives, some of us will regret working for this world and for self more than working for Him.
5. The first church believers were faithful. Acts 2:42 – “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
6. There are places in this world, right now, where believers attend church faithfully despite putting their lives and the lives of their family on the line every time they attend. And we stay home for rains and games.
7. The Word of God and the Truth of the Gospel is taught at church. Sure, you (should) learn these things at home as well, but the church makes for a fantastic spiritual meal!
8. Jesus observed the Sabbath. Luke 4:16 – “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.”
9. Imagine if God’s faithfulness to us was proportional to our faithfulness to His bride, the church? Ouch.
10. The church, her ministries, and her members combined are the primary means and method that God uses to reach your community, and they also will reach your state, nation, and world. Why wouldn’t anyone want to be a consistent, faithful part of the most important activity humanity can participate in on this planet? (That’d be the Great Commission)
What are you putting in front of church?
Your church needs you. Sure, you can tell people about church. But first and foremost, we need you. When we neglect church, we are neglecting far more than your church.
Be faithful. Don’t let your faithfulness to God depend upon humans. Let your faithfulness among humanity be dependent upon God.
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