Some people may say that they don’t need to go to church because they have their relationship with God and that they read the Bible and pray. This is great and is a healthy thing to do as a believer, but as Christ-followers, we all have our own personal relationship with God. We need more than our own personal devotion times. We all need the church (the body of Christ).
The important thing I want to speak on this week is the reason why fellowship should be a priority in your life as a believer.
Why does fellowship matter?
1. God says it does. Hebrews 10:25 says don’t forsake gathering of the assembly of believers.
2. It keeps us accountable. James 5:16 says to confess our sins to one another and to pray for each other. It is a lot harder to commune with one another if we are on our own islands in isolation.
3. Jesus is our shepherd, but we need a pastor to shepherd and pour into us as well. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” I always tell people the Word is your main course (solid teaching and sound doctrine) and your supplements are the additional books or Christian teachings outside of your main church or devotion time. Imagine eating vitamins for your meals, not actual hearty, healthy, well-balanced meals. Your life and faith walk are, well, just that: a BALANCE.
4. We are called to share our gifts with the body of Christ. Ephesians 4 talks about using our gifts to edify the church and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should walk humbly in love, unity and maturity.
5. As you stay connected to believers of the same accord, you will grow. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” That means we encourage and help one another become sharper in the Word and in our walk together.
6. Satan wants us to be isolated. There’s a saying “Idle hands are the devil’s playground.” This can be true because when you are alone or not plugged into fellowship, you are a target of the enemy and are more likely to fall into the trap of sin.
7. It takes sacrifice to abide in God’s house. The Bible says those planted in His house shall flourish! (Psalm 92:13) That’s a promise, but the promise costs us something. What is that? Being planted.
What does being planted look like? A plant needs water (the living water), light (Jesus, and His Word) and good soil (good foundation/church/place to dig roots down deep). Do you want to be a surface-level Christian? You will miss God’s ultimate best blessings for your life. Sure, you will still be blessed as a believer, but God wants to use YOU in the body of Christ. Not necessarily a church building, but what does He call you to? To the church down the street? A Bible Study home group? The mission field? Seek God’s Word and counsel and walk in your calling. I know you can do it! I am praying for you!
8. We do life together. My church has this saying: “We do life together.” I totally think this is how God designed the body of believers to function. We are not called to just check in and check out on Sundays and feel good we went to church and put in our 10 percent. No, rather, we are called to a higher standard of not only loving God, family, friends and neighbors, but also loving our enemies!
Jesus said that if even the heathens and the worldly can love their neighbors, how much more are we to love? James 1:22 in the Bible says we need to not only be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word, amen? We need to be plugged in and help each other in this journey of faith and in life.
PI Girls, are there other reasons why you should be plugged into the church in fellowship? Comment below! God bless you, PI readers!
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