Many Christians feel justified in not committing to a church for a variety of reasons. For example, they offer excuses like,“I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian” or, “The church is full of hypocrites” or, “I can’t find a church I’m comfortable in.” What’s interesting is that none of these excuses for are found in God’s Word. Furthermore, if we say we are a CHRISTian, maybe we should look at the value that HE placed upon the church.
Christ called the church “the body” and said, He is “the head.” (Colossians 1:16-18)
Christ said he would build the church upon the rock and “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) Wow—what a statement! We can be joined with believers in a bond so strong that hell’s worst nightmare can’t stand against us—because—Christ defeated death and hell on the cross and HE leads us to victory! The Bible refers to the Church As Christ’s beloved bride. (Ephesians 5) Jesus placed such a high value on the church that He gave his life for the church, and this example of love is the standard by which husbands should love their wives. (Ephesians 5:25) What an amazing commitment Christ made to the eternal destiny of the church!
Should we value it less???
Maybe the churches you’ve attended haven’t lived up to your standards, but—have you lived up to the standard set by Jesus? What have you done to make the church better? The church is comprised of imperfect humans and we shouldn’t set an expectation for a standard that we, ourselves, cannot adhere to as a precondition to our obedience to God. His Word says “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25) If we say we love God—Jesus said we will obey Him.
Church is a place we learn about God and where we learn to pray communally (remember Jesus taught us OUR—not MY—Father, who art in heaven.) It’s a place to learn to worship, and—to do it together. As an active member of a church, we have a band of brothers and sisters to fight alongside us and pick us up when we fall. The church is the vehicle to spread truth to all the world, and because it lasts beyond each individual, it preserves truth for future generations. Christ loves the church, when we love Him—we do too!
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