What’s so important about your local church? At a time when there’s more access to Biblical teaching than ever before available through radio, television, and the Internet, why should it matter where and how you get the Word of God and fellowship? What’s wrong with virtual, web-based congregations for the digital-age church? Why can’t your iPod be your worship leader, your iPad or tablet be your pastor, and your friends and Christian acquaintances come from social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? The answer is simple: that’s not the way God designed it.
The New Testament repeatedly emphasizes the importance of local assemblies and face to face interactions, with real people. In fact, it was the pattern of Paul’s ministry to establish local congregations in the cities where he preached the gospel. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands every believer to be a part of such a local body and reveals why this is necessary.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The local church is God’s ordained assembly to which an individual is committed that presents a level of intimacy and interaction that is required for carefully stimulating and “provoking” fellow believers “to love and good deeds.” And it is only in this setting that we can encourage one another faithfully and biblically. Furthermore, there is chemistry at the local church that God not only ordains, but chooses to participate in. Jesus stated in Matthew chapter 18:
Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
And in Revelation 3:22, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
With the right spiritual environment, God can effectively carry out His plan to develop the believer for their assignment and mission here on the Earth…and the best place for this to take place is in the local church.
Here are some practical benefits of being a member of the Local Church:
1. Being a member at the local church pleases God
2. Being a member at the local church helps you to grow spiritually
3. Being a member at the local church helps you to understand yourself
4. Being a member at the local church builds your relationship with God
5. Being a member at the local church enhances your spiritual satisfaction, joy and peace
6. Being a member at the local church gives you a place to belong, worship and fellowship
7. Being a member at the local church gives you purpose and assignment
8. Being a member at the local church gives you a place to serve
9. Being a member at the local church helps you to grow in wisdom and spiritual experience
10. Being a member at the local church God can speak to you through pastoral instructions, preaching and counsel
11. Being a member at the local church gives you opportunities to participate in your church’s vision and build the Kingdom of God
Now that you understand the many blessings that come from being a part of the local church (and we just couldn’t cover them all) – make it a point to invite someone out to attend service at your local church!
Statistics show that 86% of people who are unchurched would go to church if invited. The seed you sow can make an eternal difference – and allow them to experience the many blessings of church membership!