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…