Welcome back to the series where we are examining those activities and pursuits in our day-to-day lives which we can not afford to sacrifice in order to make time for other pursuits. Thus far, we have introduced the series and talked about both prayer and time in the Word as activities which we cannot afford to forsake. That brings us to our third Non-Negotiable – church.
In My Testimony, I talk about the general distrust I has of the church prior to accepting Christ as Lord and Savior. The history of atrocities and abuses committed in the name of the church is undeniable. Furthermore, there is no doubt that such abuses and atrocities continue today in so called churches around the world. All of that to illustrate that I did not come from a place where the church was prominent in my life. Indeed, my relationship with the church has been an area where God has worked mightily in my own life. I have gone from a true skeptic of organized religion to such an extent that God worked through a very atypical church to draw me to himself in the first place to someone who has become a member of a local church and a proponent of regular church attendance. My love for Jesus has manifested itself in a love for his church. That said, it is still easy to miss church, or not get involved enough, or make excuses not to participate – something which we can really not afford to do.
God did not create us to live the lives of hermits. He created us to be in relationships with one another. As Christians, this is accomplished primarily through families and the local church. We will deal with family later in this series, but today let’s look at the need to the local church.