Why Should I Join the Church? Is this important?
Suggested Daily Reading:
Some Christians believe that joining the Christian church is not important. They believe that loving God from your heart is most important and that there is no perfect church on earth. While these facts are correct, we can draw a wrong conclusion from them. It is wrong to determine from these facts that we will therefore not join the Christian church. God instructs us in Scripture by word (Heb. 10:25) and example (Mark 1:21; Acts 20:7) to join the church and attend church worship every Lord’s Day.
There are many benefits from following God’s Word and joining the Church. Joining the church provides blessings of:
- Worship – It connects me with God’s people in a time of worship, a means which God has richly blessed and has promised to bless until the end of the world (Acts 2:47; 1 Peter 2:9)
- Instruction – It places me under the teachings of His Word – the warnings of the law, the promises of the gospel and the beauties of its doctrines/truths (Eph. 4:11-12)
- Prayer – It includes me in the prayers of the Church (1 Thess. 1:1-2)
- Communion – It puts me in contact with other church members to speak with, listen to, and learn from (Heb. 10:24-25)
- Testimony – It allows me to publicly testify that I am a Christian, one who is a member of Christ’s church (Zech. 9:16; Matt. 28:19-20)
- Unity – It permits me to express unity with the Christian church; to be set apart by God to be a member of His family (1 Cor. 12:25)
- Gifts – It enables me to benefit from the God-given gifts of other church members and to use my gifts for the benefit of others (Acts 4:32-35)
- Sacraments – It opens the opportunity for me to use the sacraments, which God uses as a means to strengthen faith (Acts 2:42)
- Discipline – It provides me with the benefit of loving correction from the church if I wander into a way of sinful behavior (Acts 20:28; II Cor. 13:10)
- Joy – It can provide me with experiences of joy worshiping, singing and praying with God’s people assembled together; a foretaste of the heavenly church (Ps. 150: 1-6; Rev. 7:9-10 and 14:3)
Are you a member of the Christian church? If so, are you a living member, one who loves and serves Jesus Christ? If so, then you will love Jesus’ family, His children, His church. Why? How are you showing this love? What God-given gifts can you employ to benefit God’s family, His church?