This is from day 1 of the YouVersion app Bible Plan called, “I Love My Church,” available for your phone or tablet. In addition to the below being a good topic for discussion here, we at BJS encourage reading of your bible as well as the Book of Concord. Youversion is a good way to get on a reading plan that may work for you. Remember that you can get Book of Concord reading plans delivered to your email or phone every day at bocl.org/daily. You can also get Read the Bible in 1-year or 2-year delivered to your email, phone, or tweets from lcmssermons.com.
It’s crazy to think that at one time in my life, I hated the church and swore I would never go back. But now, I cannot stop talking about it!!! That’s why it bothers me when I hear someone say they don’t think church is really that important.
I believe with all my heart that the church IS important. The reason I believe it’s important is because the Bible says it’s important to God. And anything that is important to Him, should be important to us, too. So if you (or someone you know) is struggling with how you feel about the church, ask yourself these four questions:
- Matthew 16:18 says Jesus built the church. Would the Son of God actually spend time building something that was worthless?
- Acts 20:28 says Jesus shed His blood for the church. Would the Son of God have been willing to endure the suffering He went through for a meaningless organization?
- Ephesians 1:22 and Colossians 1:18 say Jesus is the head of the church. Would Jesus really be the head of something insignificant and trivial?
- If church isn’t necessary for a relationship with God, why does Ephesians 3:10 say that the wisdom of God should be made known through the church?
I know that every church is not perfect. It’s filled with sinners saved by grace, and that includes me and you. Jesus died for us (the church), and He loves us all (even us crazy imperfect people).
So if you are NOT currently a part of a local church, go check one out this weekend! And whenever you find the one for you (or if you’re a part of one already), get plugged in, serve and watch how the Lord will bless your life because you’re serving his bride, the church.