Grow Your Roots Deep in the Local Church: PART I
How important is your local church to you? Is it an essential element in your life or is it just a peripheral activity?
One gentleman told me the church definitely takes second or third place in his list of priorities so he wasn’t attending regularly. Why? “Well, family has to come first,” he answered.
A young woman who recently committed her life to Christ informed me that she is already attending five Bible studies each week. So I asked, “Where do you go to church?” She said she hasn’t found the “right” one yet.
I’m all for Bible studies. My evangelistic team and I often channel new believers into such nurture groups as part of our festival follow-up strategy. And I’m all for the family. Especially now when the family is under such attack, we need to follow God’s blueprint for happy homes. That involves time, effort and commitment to biblical principles.
However, I’m not for substituting any of these good things for the local church. It isn’t a joke to be a flighty Christian, going from church to church like a butterfly from one flower to the next, or not going at all. Instead, it is a major sign of rebellion whenever we refuse to get our roots deep into the local church.
To be continued…