The church is a family and it’s a beautiful family to be a part of. I don’t know where my wife and I would be without it.
The local church is a place where my wife and I are continually encouraged spiritually. Even though we understand and embrace that all of life is to be lived as an act of worship to God, it’s especially important to us to carve out that time every week, or when we are in town, to be with the body of Christ and worship the King of Kings together. Christian fellowship in the local church is a significant part of taking in the life-giving air that we breathe.
Often in the church you’ll hear people say things like, “The music wasn’t good enough,” or “The message could have been better.” And there was a time when I myself wasn’t very kind about the local church. I would pick it apart: “Why aren’t we doing this or that better?” But God opened my eyes to see that it’s not about me. In fact I had become part of the problem. But I slowly began to see the value of this group of very imperfect people because when we came together in the name and purpose of Jesus Christ, we were made powerful and perfect in Him.
The older I get, the more I realize that church is really not about us, it’s about our Almighty Savior. It’s about celebrating who Jesus Christ is so that we can worship Him and bring Him honor and glory together as His body. We worship through song, we worship through the Word, and we worship through giving—by being generous towards Him out of what He has so generously given to us. These are the things that we have the privilege of doing in and through the local church.
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” —Ephesians 4:25
I love the impact that the church can have on the local community, it’s powerful to be a part of. Our church regularly reaches out to our neighbors, cleaning up neighborhoods, helping those who can’t help themselves, and feeding the homeless. There are also opportunities for our church members to engage in local missions as well as global missions. These are just a few of the ways that we are able to display significant pieces of God’s power and love both to our town and to the world as a whole.
The beautiful thing about community in the body of Christ is that we are there to encourage and strengthen each other. When there are families suffering and in pain, who’s going to be there for them? The local church. Even those who are outside the church find people from the local church reaching out to them in times of need—that’s what we’re there for. My wife and I have experienced this encouragement in our own lives and we have also been able to be there for others, encouraging them in the dark times they face. Being able to bring a smile to someone else’s face by your presence, your touch, and your loving words is how we can be the Church. We are the Church.
Dave Dravecky is a regular contributor to The Increase and will be providing monthly articles and opinions.
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