My desire has been to write about the steps of spiritual growth. The first step is to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and to make your commitment to Him public through baptism. The next step is to join a local church. Therefore I will write a couple of articles about church and why you as a believer need to be apart of it. First let me give you a word of warning. No church is perfect; therefore perfection isn’t the foundation for choosing a church. The foundation is revealed in answering the question, “How does this church respond to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?”
The Bible reveals the truth about the nature of a church. The church isn’t a building or a location. The church isn’t meeting once on Sunday Morning, Sunday Night, and Wednesday Night. The nature of the church is a group of at least three or more people who meet together for the purpose of growing in Christ-likeness and spreading the Goodnews of Christ’s work to others. The church belongs to Jesus Christ, therefore, it is under His control.
When I became a Christian, Jesus changed me. With this change came a new family and responsibility. My new family is the church and my responsibility is to serve the church in any way I can. To give up on the church is to give up on God. I will not grow spiritually mature until I commit myself to a group of believers that are intent on being Christ-like and spreading the message of Christ’s work.
What do you think would be the response of a woman if you told her that her face was beautiful, but her body was ugly? Do you think she would take that as a complement? No, she would be hurt or even angry. This is what we do to Jesus when we think we can have Him without the church.
Plan on finding a church in the next six months that you will join and serve. Please follow along as we study the church.