In a culture that values individualism, I'm frequently asked the question, “Why should I join a church? Do I have to be a member of a church to be a Christian?” The answer is an emphatic no. But that strikes me as the wrong question. I don’t belong to a church because I have to or because I’m a pastor, but because being part of a church is an indescribable blessing! Here’s three reasons why.
First, God created us for community. And at its heart, that’s what church represents: a people who love God, each other, and the world around us. The church is a family, God’s family. The Psalmist tells us God adds solitary people to a family, and that’s what God does when He joins an individual to a church. One man called it “the single best place on earth to start over, grow and change for the glory of God!”
Second, God created us for fruitfulness. Becoming a Christian is the starting point of a glorious walk where God uses us to “bear much fruit” for His glory. And the church is where believers are cared for and equipped for ministry. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus that God calls leaders to “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” Leaders equip, believers minister. That’s why Christians in isolation are rarely very fruitful.
Lastly, God created us for testimony. His church is a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Through the local church we can take part in His eternal plan to rescue men and women from their sin, totally transforming their lives. This is the mission of the church. It’s our duty, our calling, and our privilege!
I’m passionately committed to God’s church because Jesus is passionately committed to her. That’s why Martyn Lloyd-Jones called church membership “the biggest honor which can come a man’s way in this world.”
If you’re not a member at KingsWay, please join us for Starting Point October 14-15 in the Seminar Room.
- Friday, October 14 from 7:00pm-9:00pm
- Saturday, October 15 from 9:00am-12:00pm
We’ll talk about our history, vision, and values as a church. It will be an opportunity for you to interact with the pastors and have your questions answered. Following the class you’ll have an opportunity to join KingsWay if you so desire.
To register for the next Starting Point class, click here.
Posted on Wed, April 8, 2015
by Gene Emerson filed under