Grow Your Roots Deep in the Local Church: Part Two

The Bible is quite clear about how important the local church should be to every Christian. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The Lord Himself says in John 15 that He is the Vine and we are plugged in to Him as branches. As a result, we are connected to each other through Jesus Christ. We are members one of another.

So, do you know who the loser is if you remain shallow in your relationship to the local church? We are the losers. 1 Corinthians 12:26 says about the Body of Christ, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” Whatever you do has a direct bearing on the welfare of other Christians.

If you neglect the local church, you also become the loser. Sure, you may think you don’t need to have fellowship with other Christians when you have a family, money, health and a busy schedule. But when the storms of life hit – and they will – suddenly you’ll find that nobody’s there.

Then if you tell me, “In my church nobody cares what I’m going through… nobody,” I will wonder if that’s true. How could the church know you finally had a legitimate, serious reason for being gone if you didn’t regularly attend?

So how can you avoid such shallowness in your Christian life? How can you get your roots deep into the local church?

We will explore how you do these things in Part Three of this series.

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.