4 reasons why a Christian should
be part of a local church:
Being part of a local church allows a Christian to become part of a church family—a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who share true concern for one another.
Paul described this kind of fellowship in his letter to the Corinthians when he says:
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
When we care for our fellow Christians in this way, not only do we enjoy the security of belonging to a spiritual family, but we glorify God by revealing His character to the world.
2. Corporate worship.
When God rescued King David from his enemies, David couldn’t keep his praise to himself. He cried out in Psalm 34:3,
“Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.”
Even Christ, in the darkest hours of His life, asked three of His closest friends to “watch and pray” with Him (Matthew 26:41).
While private devotion pleases God, at times nothing will do except to join with fellow Christians in praise of our great God. God is glorified when Christians speak of His greatness with each other.
3. Personal growth.
Just as individual Bible study and prayer are vital to a Christian’s spiritual growth, so is consistent contact with other Christians.
Meeting regularly with other Christians is an opportunity to be encouraged in our daily walk with Christ, to receive godly advice in areas of difficulty in our life, and to be challenged by the example of more mature Christians.
In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul tells us that God gave“the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”
Being part of a local church allows us to receive the instruction of trained pastors and teachers, helping us minister both to the world and within the church.
Along with communicating the gospel to the those who do not have a friendship with Jesus yet through actions and words, we also have a responsibility to minister to other members of the body of Christ:
Being in regular contact with other Christians in a local church gives us numerous opportunities to offer a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a helping hand, or to receive these things in our moment of need.
Why are you part of a local church? If you aren’t part of a local church, why not?