If you received an invitation to dinner, but were specifically asked not to bring your spouse, what would you do? Most of us would not hesitate to decline the invitation.
I often hear Christians tell me, “I love Jesus.” I respond by asking, “That is great, where do you go to church?” I hear so often, “I don’t go to church. I really don’t like church.”
If we say we accept Jesus, yet renounce the church, do we stop to consider what we are doing?
Acts 20:28 reminds us of the God-church connection: "… the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
Jesus gave His life for the church. It seems pretty bold for any Christian to say, “I don’t really like what Jesus ‘purchased with His own blood.’”
When the Apostle Paul taught about Jesus’ relationship with the church he used the metaphor of marriage to help us understand how important the church was to Jesus. Paul wrote: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,” Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV)
The writer of Hebrews reminded first century Christians not to disregard the importance of going to church:
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:23-25 (NKJV)
There are 59 “one-another” statements in the New Testament. You cannot fulfill the “one-anothers” without being around other Christians. Pastor and author, Andy Stanley, said it this way: “The primary activity of the church was “one-anothering” one another.”
There are several hundred churches in Tucson. There are several dozen really good churches on the 4Tucson website that share our statement of faith. There is little rational reason for any Christian to be unable to find and be part of a good church. There is no spiritual reason for not attending a church.
If you do not currently belong to and participate in a local church, would you pray and ask God to lead you to a good church? Plug in. Start using your gifts and talents to “one-another” the people in your church. You will discover God’s blessing in your life as you start to value what Jesus values.