“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”
In the last article, we established that for a Christian, being a part of a local church is non-negotiable. This is beyond having a group of friends with whom you fellowship. You must belong to a local assembly with a leader who is in charge of the flock.
Act 20:28 emphasizes how important this is: “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
You must belong to a place where there is a ministry gift. That’s how you grow (Eph 4:11-14). In fact, avoiding assemblies where there is a trained, proper instructor and guide in the Lord is expressly rebuked in the bible (Hebrews 10:24-25). Never be comfortable missing church; God ordained fellowship for your growth. So take advantage of it.
Learn to get involved. Don’t just be a bench-warmer. You have a part to play in the growth of the body of Christ. Join a department and serve. Learn not to take offense so easily. Some people quit their service unit just because they didn’t like something the leader said or did. Forgive and give it your all; remember that your service isn’t unto men but unto God.
You must also build relationships in Christ. Your closest friends should be those of like precious faith, who can pray with you, encourage you in the word and spur you on to good works. The reason why you keep getting the wrong advice could be because you have the wrong friends. Make friends in your local church who love the Lord and are grounded in him.
Be passionate about the welfare of others. Find out what’s going on in the lives of other believers, mourn with those that mourn, rejoice with those that rejoice. If a brother or sister in church is struggling with something, they should be able to come to you and trust that you will handle it with love and discretion.
The Christians we have around us are a great treasure to us. We need the fellowship. God is particular about you being an active and participating member of a fellowship or a church. The individualistic approach many people have towards Christianity is not biblical.
Also I don’t want to sound ignorant of the fact that some fellowships take advantage of the members, but I think that’s why we must be selective with the kind of church we attend as Pastor has taught us.
The kind of fellowship that you’re a part of would surely reflect in your life, so you must make sure you attend the right one. If you go to a place where the word of God is taught clearly, stay there and learn.