I’m linking up again with Kate for Five Minute Friday. One word. 5 minutes. No edits. Comment on the blog before you. That’s the simple rules.
The church is a gathering place. To worship our Creator, but also to fellowship and to build up and encourage one another. To fellowship, to friend face to face with others who have the One Lord in common. Church with other believers is a VERY important part of the Christian life.
Or at least it should be.
When we have a heart for Jesus, we should WANT to be in fellowship with our brothers and sisters, gathered around the throne of the Lord on Sunday morning to worship.
There is a great danger when we are not surrounded by our brothers and sisters on a regular basis. Actually, there are many great dangers. But to me the one of the most, if not the most, is that we can become puffed up and proud. We can be led astray because we are relying on our own selves to sharpen our own selves. When we are isolated with our own thoughts on a regular basis instead of gathering with our brothers and sisters in Christ (even when we are focused on Scripture) we can come up with some amazingly bad theology. Our natural inclination is to think we have all the answers. That we can reason the Scriptures without thoughts from others.
But God created community. In the Garden, he said that it was not good that man should be alone, He created a help-meet. He created us for community and for gathering. When we think we don’t need a church body, we are WRONG.
Many times people use the Matthew 18 passage to say they don’t need a church. I say they aren’t looking at the passage in context.
19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
I ask you to go to your Bible. Read it in context and I believe you’ll see that this passage as nothing to do with gathering together as a church. It has to do with church discipline.
Granted, there are times when you just can NOT gather together with other believers. There have been times when we have gathered at home and worshiped. At times, these are some necessary and valid reasons not to Eklasia. (assemble with the church universal).
Tomorrow is a new day. If you haven’t a church home, don’t waste time by beating yourself up over it. Go to the internet. Or, if you’re old-fashioned, find the yellow pages. Ask your friends, and neighbors where to find a solid Bible teaching church (notice I didn’t say perfect, because there isn’t one). Don’t delay, visit tomorrow. I encourage you to go looking with an open mind, don’t count the number of people that talk to you or don’t talk to you. Don’t judge. If tomorrow’s church isn’t the right fit, keep looking. Pick up the phone and talk to the Pastor. Find a local church with live-streaming. Watch the sermon one week, and if you think it might fit, visit the next week. Visit the ones you think might fit you. Consider it an adventure.
Gather. Who knows you might meet some amazing God-fearing brothers and sisters that will become your new church family.
**disclaimer. This is such a tedious topic, I DID edit and research outside of the 5 minute rule. I wanted to be thorough, but concise.