“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” Ephesians 2:19
God never intended us to walk the journey of life alone. Most people have experienced feelings of loneliness, lack of connection, or abandonment.
Refusing to identify with a body of believers is a growing movement across America. Reasons given for not joining a local church include the desire for independence, busyness in earthly pursuits, and hypocrisy within the church. The result is that Western Christianity misses out on the wisdom and fellowship of the church community. Spiritual apathy often follows.
The Bible warns us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). Being part of a church community provides structure, accountability, and a place to serve. God designed the church and expects the believer’s participation. Scientists say the great sequoia tree has a relatively shallow root system and that, if storms come, a single tree can easily fall. A grove of trees intertwines their roots together, and this provides support in the time of storm. This illustrates the strength of the local church community.
Our relationship with Christ puts us in fellowship with others serving Christ. Seeking God in church community brings fulness and focus to our understanding and application of God’s truth. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Are you experiencing what God gives through a local body of believers?