“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18.1)
The church is a people, not a place. It is a body, not a building. It is a fellowship, not a facility. While we often speak of “going to church” on Sunday, the reality is that we don’t “go” to church … we are the church!
The church is a unique community. It is the supernatural fellowship of all who trust in Jesus. Relationships matter. It is God’s purpose and design that life in Christ be lived in the context of the Christian fellowship. When Jesus calls you, he calls you into a kingdom community.
God’s eternal purpose through Jesus Christ is to create a unique fellowship of redeemed and transformed people who live and work in a manner that makes God and his kingdom known to a watching world.
Christianity is individual, but it is not individualistic. The Christian faith is about individual and corporate life in Christ. Scripture does not contemplate a Christian disconnected from the fellowship of the church. The church plays an essential role in the spiritual growth and effectiveness of every Christian, and every Christian plays an essential role in the spiritual growth and effectiveness of the church.
You need others, and others need you.
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12.3-5)