Is church a priority in your life?   

NOVEMBER 5

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Romans 12:5

I belong to you; you belong to me, and we owe loyalty to one another. Hebrews 10:25 says we’re not to “forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.”

Do you know what’s happening in America? People who claim to be Christians, who claim to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, don’t belong to and aren’t faithful to a local fellowship. Such a thing was unheard of in the Bible. To be a Christian meant you were faithful to the fellowship. When they gathered, you were there. If you stopped attending, they assumed you were lost, that you were an apostate.

People say, “Well, I believe in Christianity, but I’m not a member of a local church. I’m a member of the universal church.” That’s like saying, “I’m a football player.” I ask, “What team do you play for?” “Well, I’m just a part of the NFL.” You’re not part of any team! I mean, it’s foolish.

We need to be faithful to a local body of believers. It’s the way we stay plugged in to the needs of the body of Christ. It’s the way we show honor to Him in worship. It is simply the way.

What do you have on your schedule this week that’s more important than being a part of the blood-bought body of the Lord Jesus Christ, the visible expression of His body, the church?