This post will be the first of many in a series I have planned. The series is called “Why ____ is Important,” and I plan on looking at different things I think are important in the life of a Christian. Today, we will be looking at the church. 

Many people will say they can go on without needing the church, but I am here to say otherwise. The church is needed for many reasons, and I’ll start with why it is important to me.

I have been part of my church for over ten years. I have grown very close to many of my brothers and sisters during this time. I have seen many get married and start families. I have seen others begin adulting, and I have seen others retire. Regardless of age, I have formed a bond with my brothers and sisters that I cannot compare to any other relationships I may have. I have many family members, but I am definitely much closer to my brothers and sisters in the church, and the reason for this is Christ.

Even though we come from many different backgrounds and are at different stages in life, we share the joy and the hope of our salvation. God has called us to him and thus has made us all part of his family. And because we are a family, we can “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal 6:2). I have gone through so much in the past ten years, and my brethren have always been there, readily available to pray with me and for me.

We are all part of Christ’s body; we all fulfill different roles but do so to glorify God. Because we are all members of the same body, we can encourage each other: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Heb 10:24). Encouragement from the brethren is something I see very often, not only towards me but to anyone who needs it.

Being an active member of my church has done much for my spiritual growth. I have gone from being young in the faith and needing a lot of counsel to now counseling others. This is not to say I no longer need counseling; I most definitely do, and I seek it often, but because I have grown, I can now feed into someone who is younger in the faith just as I once was. This is actually one of the reasons I began to blog: to help others young in the faith find sound advice.

So we see how the church body can be a source of support, but not only that, the church is important for spiritual growth because we have a form of accountability. I have heard many say they are just fine watching sermons online but how will you ever be held accountable if you don’t regularly attend a church? You can’t expect spiritual growth by watching services and sermons online. These things lack the interactions we need. There have been times when I was in need of advice and a hug, and I was able to get both from one of my dear sisters. Meeting in person helps us learn more about each other, and this will help us better love one another and practice all the other “one another” mentioned in the bible.

I am truly blessed to be part of a church that genuinely cares for me, but more importantly, they care for my soul. My brethren are always ready to help and lift me up in prayer. I have elders that I can reach out to at a moment’s notice. This is something I pray I never take for granted. In the past, I was part of a church that was nothing like the one I belong to now; I give God thanks for placing me here.

In short, these are a few reasons why I think the church is important. I encourage you to find a local church to attend; it is vital for your spiritual growth. If you are currently looking for a church, I recommend 9 Marks‘s church search. I know there are many other reasons I may have missed, and if you can think of some, feel free to chime in in the comment section below! I would love to read your thoughts on why you think the church is important.

Below I leave you with a few bible verses regarding the church.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:19–22

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24–25

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

Hebrews 3:13

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

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