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September 11, 2020
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Bible is full of “one another” commands (59 to be exact). The only place where such commands can thrive is the local church.
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.