Life is busy. There is always a lot to do. Everyone has many pulls on their time, and when things do finally stop, we want to be able to rest and relax. So, should meeting together as the church family be a priority? Would it be okay just to be a Christian on our own?
In the book of Acts we hear how God sent his Holy Spirit on the Christian believers on the day of Pentecost. When the Spirit came, he enabled the believers to speak about Jesus and many other people became Christians on this day. What did this young Spirit-filled church do next? This is what Luke (the writer of Acts) tells us:
Having received God's Holy Spirit, the believers recognise that they need to come together - to listen to God's word, to care for one another, to join together in remembering Jesus' saving death at the Lord's Supper, and to pray. Rather than go off on their own, they realised that they needed to spend time together as God's people.
Similarly the writer to the Hebrews encourages his readers to prioritise meeting together:
It is hard to keep going living as a Christian believer on your own - and we were never meant to try! Whenever someone trusts in Jesus they become part of God's people - the church. When we meet together as the church family we encourage one another to keep trusting in Jesus and living for him in the whole of our lives.
Life is busy - but if you are a Christian, meeting with other Christians is vital - for you and for them. When we don't meet up we miss out, and so does everyone else. So let's keep meeting together and encouraging one another to live for Jesus Christ.
Just as each of us has one body with many members,
and these members do not all have the same function,
so in Christ we who are many form one body,
and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5 NIV)
What does it mean to be a member of a local church? That's the question we'll be considering in our Sunday meetings over the next month.
Each Sunday morning the talk will be focused on one aspect of being part of a church family. Then on Sunday evenings we'll come back together to discuss the same passage (and often others on the same theme) and seek to apply it to our own lives. Why not come along and think again about what it means to be a church family member?