During the past two weeks, we’ve discussed prayer and how to start a healthy journey of God’s word being a part of our daily routines. Today, I want to talk to you about the church! In our society, so many people believe that you don’t need the church to believe and follow God. Today, let's dive into God’s word to see what he says about the church! Before we get into that, for a Christian, I think there are important questions that we need to ask:
What is the church?
I guess, at first glance, people that don’t go to church, and Webster's Dictionary might believe that we are talking about a building-but we are not; although the surface definition is technically correct, the Bible has its own definition of church. Biblically, the church is an assembly of people with one common goal-to glorify God together, be there for one another, and display the love of Christ- a place in which Christ dwells and is at its core. We don’t need a special building- we simply need the people who are passionate about loving God and loving people. In short, the church is simply fellowship and love in Christ.
Why is fellowship and love important?
Fellowship and love are important because they are biblical commands. Let’s look at the verses together:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:11
The word love in the text comes from the Greek word agape, a word that by definition, requires action for it to be used in context; in other words, we cannot accurately love if we're not doing anything for anyone both emotionally, and physically. Doesn’t that give us a good reason to seek loving and Godly fellowship? If the command to love isn’t enough for you, lets continue reading in 1 John and see what he says about fellowship:
“that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”
1 John 1:3-4
In the aforementioned text, fellowship means participation! In other words, Biblical church is loving God and people and participating with God and with people! Church is not just a building, a ritual, or a tradition- in all reality those things aren’t important to God. The most important part of 1 John 1:3-4 is the end. It is safe to say that all of us desire true joy- especially on Mondays (or Tuesdays)! The Bible tells us that Biblical church is necessary for our true joy to be complete! I hope this motivates you well to start your work week and look forward to Life Group on Wednesday. Love you guys!
Yours in Christ,
Note from Pastor Rob: I love this article and believe Nick did a phenomenal job putting this together for our church. I would just like to add one more reason why being a part of the church is important. Another reason is that the work of the gospel can only go forward in community. The great commission wasn't given to a single disciple; it was given to all the disciples. When we come together, we worship, but we also come together to gather our resources and take the gospel forward as a community!