The church is on a decline in the United States.
There are many reasons why this is the case,
and as a church leader, it’s crucial for you to know what factors lead people
in your community to not participate in the life of your church.
Now, one of the factors contributing to this
decline in recent years is a growing trend among Christians to undermine the
importance of the local church.
In other words, they believe they can live the
life God has called them to live in Christ without being connected to a local
church. Unfortunately, this isn’t a great idea, and there are several reasons
why Christians should be involved with a local church.
are a member of the body of Christ
In Christ, you are a member of the body of
Christ (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 4:1-16).
God never intended for you to live an isolated
life or an invisible relationship with him. God desires for his body—his
church—to be a public organization who lives for his glory and the good of
others (John 17:21-23).
are to submit to your church’s leadership
To lead his church, God appoints elders as
leaders (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). The leaders of a local church never possess
an absolute authority. Whatever authority they have is delegated by God.
What is more, in the Bible, Christians are
commanded to submit to the leaders of their local church (Heb. 13:17; 1 These.
5:12-13). The concept of submission has negative connotations, and many
Christians may balk at this assertion, but submitting to the leaders of your
local church is good for you, the church, and brings glory to God.
works through the church
Jesus is building his church (Matt. 16:18).
God has chosen to work through the local
church in making disciples (Matt. 28:18-20), and his work through the church
will continue until Jesus returns. To participate in God’s work on earth, you must
be connected with a local church.
are to encourage one another
The Bible is full of “one another” commands
(59 to be exact). The only place where such commands can thrive is the local
Yes, you can find encouragement by spending
time with other Christians. However, if you are choosing who you are or are not
spending time with, then you are limiting the body of Christ. The local church
is full of individuals from a myriad of backgrounds and personalities, which
means you will be placed in relationships that will challenge you more than the
friends you select to be with.