We are created for community & fellowship, formed for a family, and none of us can fulfill God’s purposes by ourselves. We discover our role in life through our relationships with others. The Bible says, “Love your spiritual family”.
Why do we need a church family?
-A church family identifies us as genuine believers. We aren’t the body of Christ on our own, we need others to express that.
-A church family moves us out of self-centered isolation. Fellowship is being as committed to each other as we are to Jesus. God expects us to show a willingness to love other believers the same way Jesus loves us.
-A church family helps you to develop spiritual muscle. It isn’t enough to attend worship services—we are commanded to “love each other, pray for each other, encourage/admonish/greet/serve/teach/accept/honor/forgive/submit/be devoted to each other”. God expects us to fulfill these “family responsibilities” thru a local fellowship. We need more than the Bible, we need other believers to grow faster, stronger by learning from each other.
-The Body of Christ needs us. “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church”. We can aspire to be more than church attenders, more than wanting the benefits of a church without sharing the responsibility.
-We will share in Christ’s mission in the world. The church is God’s instrument on earth. As members of Christ’s body, he works thru us in the world. We each have a contribution to make.
-A church family will help keep us from backsliding. We are called & commanded to be involved in each other’s lives. If we know someone who is wavering spiritually right now, we should be there for them.
Warren tells us God designed his church to meet our 5 deepest needs—a purpose to live for, people to live with, principles to live by, a profession to live out, & power to live on.
Question to Consider: Does my level of involvement in my local church demonstrate that I love & am committed to God’s family?
I am committed to my local church & do help where I can offer, although I used to be even more when I lived in the USA. Greek priests in the US have a way of finding that spiritual gift in each of us & bringing it forth—for me it was to become a 3rd grade Sunday school teacher and it was so heartening to teach that age of children who ask where is God & how do you know. In Greece, I have become, partly, a “bunny believer” as Warren calls us, hopping around from one Orthodox parish to another, because our Greek Orthodox faith in Greece tends to move our priests around on a consistent basis, not something that happens in the USA. This chapter in Warren’s bk has me reevaluating my commitment.
* We will be writing about what inspires us from each consecutive chapter of Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. If you read along with us, please share your inspirations. There’s no need to catch up, just jump right in.