Our key Bible passage is 1 Corinthians 12:27: “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”
Our lesson today is titled “The Importance of the Local Church, Part 5”
As we conclude this lesson series, let’s address an issue that is very relevant to our time. Some Christians look at the imperfections of the local church and decide that they do not need the local church. This is a serious mistake.
The local church is not perfect — it is made up of imperfect people such as you and I — but it is God’s chosen vessel to express the life of His Son here on earth.
When the church assembles, every member of the body of Christ has a God-given responsibility to attend and participate. This includes children, young people, and adults. Each member must answer to the Lord for his or her failure to do this.
The Bible tells us that in the last days men will be “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” How sad it is when God’s people allow the fleeting pleasures of this world to draw them away from their place in the local church.
Dr. John MacArthur wrote: “The New Testament repeatedly emphasizes the importance of local assemblies. In fact, it was the pattern of Paul’s ministry to establish local congregations in the cities where he preached the gospel. It is only in the local body to which one is committed that there can be the level of intimacy that is required for carefully stimulating fellow believers ‘to love and good deeds.’ And it is only in this setting that we can encourage one another faithfully and biblically… Active involvement in your local church is imperative to living a life without compromise. It is only through the ministry of the local church that a believer can receive the kind of teaching, accountability, and encouragement that is necessary for him to stand firm in his convictions. God has ordained that the church provide the kind of environment where an uncompromising life can thrive and His people can grow spiritually.”
The body of Christ not only needs each of us, but we need the body. We cannot be strong Christians unless we share in the life of the body. When we meet with the other members of Christ’s body, we receive strength and life from the body.
In this lesson series, we have seen God’s plan regarding the local church. We have seen that He wants a body — a whole body — not just a member here and a member there.
By God’s grace, we must see ourselves as members of the body of Christ in the place where we live. When that body assembles, we must be there and we must participate. This is not only a great responsibility, but it is also a great privilege—one which we should not take lightly. Many Christians do not have the privilege of freely meeting together.
Don’t neglect the local church. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:25,”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.”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!