The Bible has much to say about the importance of the local church body and for the believer living in community with it. With all of the social distancing going on and places being closed, remember that your local church body is a living organism made up of believers living in community with one another. We cannot allow ourselves drift apart or fail to pursue living for Christ together.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
I. The Christian life is not designed to be a “loner life” but rather one in a community/family.
A. It involves others (Consider Acts 2:38-47).
Salvation involves a personal decision, but the relationship with Christ as the head involves the community/family of believers. Our walk with Jesus Christ is evident and even demonstrated in our relationship with one another.
B. There are activities the local church family must be involved in.
1. Discipleship – “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20).
2. Evangelism– “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:8-9).
3. Prayer– “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Consider that believers are commanded pray for one another. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).
4. Caring for widows – “Honour widows that are widows indeed” (1 Timothy 5:3). Consider Acts 6:1 which says “And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.”
5. Caring for those in need – “Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need” (Acts 4:34-35).
6. Edifying one another – “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification” (Romans 15:2).
“Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12).
“How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).
“Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do” (1 Timothy 1:4).
7. Gather together for the purpose of spurring one another on to love and good works– “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 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” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
8. Help restore one another– “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Gal. 6:1).
9. Bear one another’s heavy burdens– “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.”(Gal. 6:2-3).
II. The image of the God and Jesus Christ is to be reflected through the church.
A. The local church, has been designed to function as a living organism.
“To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10).
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13).
B. Jesus Christ expects a oneness with the Godhead in His body- the church (John 17:11, 20, 21, 23, and 26).
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Conclusion: A healthy church family is essential to becoming mature believer.