You are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian (Eph 2:19b) God’s family is the church of the living God, the pillar and fountain of the truth – 1Tim 3:15b. Jesus said “I will build my church and all the powers of hell will not conquer (prevail) it” Matt 16:18. Your Local Fellowship. The Bible says a Christian without a church, home is like an organ without a body, a sheep without a flock or a child without a family.

Why You Need a Church Family

(1)                        A church family, identifies you as a genuine believer. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (Jn 13:35 NLT) (2) A church family moves you out of self – centered isolation. If one part of the body suffers, all other parts suffer with it (1Cor 12:2b) Many Christians who know Jn 3:16 are unaware of 1 Jn 3:16 (3) A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle. We are commanded to love each other pray for each other encourage each other, admonish each other, greet each other, serve, accept, submit be devoted to each other. (4)The body of Christ need you God has a unique role for you to play in His family. This is called the “Ministry” and God has gifted you with this assignment (1Cor 12:7) (5)You will share in Christ’s mission in the world. When Jesus walked the earth God worked through the physical body of Christ. Today He uses His spiritual body. The church is God’s instrument on earth. (Eph 2:10)                                                                                                                                                      (6) A church family will help you from backsliding. The Bible says “Encourage one another daily… so that none of you may be hardened by sins deceitfulness (1 Cor 10:12; Jere 17:9; 1Tim1:19) God’s five purposes for you: (1) Worship helps you focus on God. (2) Fellowship helps you face life’s problems (3) discipleship helps fortify your faith (4) Ministry helps you find your talents (5) Evangelism helps fulfill your mission. (Rick Warren)                                                                                  

PRAYER LINE: Gracious Father, make me a caring member of Your family. In Jesus’ name.

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Discipleship helps to fortify your faith

 

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