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4 Reasons Why You Need a Home Church

This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here.  “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” How many times have you heard a variation of that thought? If we’re being honest, no matter how many times you’ve heard it, one time is still one too many. There…

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“You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” How many times have you heard a variation of that thought? If we’re being honest, no matter how many times you’ve heard it, one time is still one too many.
There is a troubling trend sweeping across the nation, and it’s jeopardizing the effectiveness of the local church. The simple thought that Christians don’t need the church isn’t only affecting the institutional facet, but is, in all aspects, threatening the sacredness of Christian relationships. And unfortunately, our young people are leaving the church in droves.

4 Reasons Why You Need A Home Church

So why is it so important to claim a local church organization as your own? Why is the church such a crucial part of a Christian’s walk?

The Bible Says So

One of the most important parts of the Christian walk is growing in the understanding of the word of God. The Bible is our road map and is full of information for us to feast on, learn from, and refer to.

Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Here, Paul is telling the church that they should come together as a body and lift each other up, help each other, and encourage each other to come to church. Then takes it a step further and says that when the coming of the Lord seems nigh, we should seek to be in fellowship together more often! What better argument than the proof of the Bible?

We Need Each Other

All throughout the Bible, the unit of believers is referred to as the body of Christ. If you read in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul tells the church that there are different facets that make up the church, but all lead back to the same God. He continues to say that every part has a function and is needed. Paul even applies this to the physical body; the eye cannot hear, the ear cannot see, the comely and feeble parts are vital. The parts that aren’t seen {innards} are still crucial to livelihood. If we got rid of the eyes, we couldn’t see and the ears we couldn’t hear and would in some way be incomplete. But in Christ, all things are perfect.

We are the body of Christ, and all pieces of the body must function faithfully and in sync for it to be complete. We feed off of one another. We find correction, which grants a foundation. We find love that fills the gaps of the flesh. We find family that we can depend upon. Encouragement when we are down and fellowship with like minded believers.

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If no one is faithful, the church deteriorates.

Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Think about a place you go to often. Maybe it’s the gym, a local restaurant, a class. When you frequent an establishment, you begin learning about the people. You find commonalities in those who also visit it normally. You engage in conversations and relationships, you learn and sometimes you teach, you create community and atmosphere. But imagine going to that same establishment, and the friends you normally talk with aren’t there. The people you once taught quit coming. Those you learned from have moved on. The place begins to feel empty. It begins to lose it’s luster. You feel let down, disappointed, and confused. After a few times, you probably won’t go back.

Apply this thinking to the church. Imagine visiting faithfully, growing relationships. Remember that church body we talked about? Well, it’s all working together. But then one by one the members stop coming. The body can’t function properly because the members aren’t there. The eyes are trying to hear, the ears are trying to see and the feet can’t move because the legs are gone. It’s broken. It has lost it’s effectiveness to help the believer and thus has nothing for the unbeliever, it can’t help the community.

The community would deteriorate

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The church is where the gifts are able to move and God is evident. It’s where people come when there is no where else for them to turn. It’s the first place people look to for a sense of safety or belonging. It’s where they learn, it’s where they are held accountable, it’s where they grow. But the church members are gone.

A family member gets sick and there’s no one from the church to call to bind together in prayer. A family loses their home, and the church can’t help because there’s no people to give in the offering. A hurting heart is looking for something to hold on to, but the doors of the church are closed because the members quit coming.

There was a time when the church was the welfare system. The church was the community’s food pantry, prayer line, and safe haven. But there’s no one there to work the altars. There’s no one there for the sinner to commune with. There is no togetherness in prayer, there is no one standing for the community.

Matthew 16:18 “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” But the church is gone, so what is holding back the enemy?

Find a church in your community that teaches true Biblical principals and claim it. Be faithful to it, work with the church, not against it. Even if you’re dissatisfied with the way your local church operates, or is run, don’t give up on it. There is no perfect church or perfect body, but we should strive for that perfection.
Scott Sauls said, “If you’re dissatisfied with the local church, don’t leave it. Pray for it. Bless it. Serve it. Love it to life.”
Remember that not just one member makes up the church, we all serve an important role to create it. In turn, when the church functions as a complete body, souls are saved, people are healed, hearts are changed, and communities are set free.

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