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…

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About Luis Palau

Luis Palau and his ministry have shared the Gospel with more than 1 billion people through evangelistic events and media. He has spoken in person to 25 million people in 72 countries with more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ. He has authored close to 50 books and countless articles on issues of faith, and has counseled with business and political leaders and heads of state around the world. Luis’ radio broadcasts in both English and Spanish are heard by millions on 3,000 radio outlets in 48 countries. His outstanding and significant contribution to the field of Christian communications was recognized in 2008 with the National Religious Broadcasters William Ward Ayer Distinguished Service Award. Luis Palau festivals have produced some of the largest audiences ever recorded in cities from south Florida to South America. His ministry also includes a number of alliances that allow partners in ministry to connect, draw from Palau’s vast experience, and become equipped to reach the world for Christ. More than 200 evangelists are currently a part of the Next Generation Alliance®, and the Livin It® Alliance is dedicated to action sports ministries, film and video outreaches. His book, A Friendly Dialogue Between an Atheist and a Christian, quickly became a bestseller in China and released in the United States in February 2008. Luis and his wife, Pat, live in Portland, Oregon, where they have twelve grandchildren and four sons, three of whom are actively involved with the ministry.