May 6, 2018 - The Move, Part 2
As followers of Christ, we know that for any situation we face in our lives, we can turn to Scripture and find that God has provided advice, support, encouragement, and strength to guide us on our path. On Sunday, Greg continued his series about Newstart’s upcoming move by pointing us to several valuable verses to remind us why our church family is such an essential part of our lives.
Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
This is our reminder that we are all members of God’s eternal family and that He expects us to participate. A church is not a building, but a body of believers; therefore a “Christian without a church” is a contradiction in terms. To grow as Christians, we must live our lives among our church family.
Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We are able to commit ourselves to the Spirit we can’t see by committing ourselves to the church that we can see. By being part of the church, we are able to walk alongside one another, supporting each other lovingly encouraging one another to spiritual growth. What a blessing to share our joys with others and to not have to carry our burdens alone!
Galatians 6:1-2 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Christ is able to speak through others to point out corrections that need to be made in our lives. God has brought us together to provide this gentle and loving correction to one another when we see sin creeping in.
Acts 20:28-29 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.
The church was so important to Christ that he bought it with his own blood, so shouldn’t it be equally important to us? We must remember our church is not something that resides in a building, but it is all of us together, no matter where we meet on Sunday mornings.