Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
A few weeks ago I shared about 4 Reasons Why Your Church Family Needs You. This time, I would like to share with you why you need a church family.
A local church is meant to be a caring community where each member is actively involved in its life and ministry, giving and receiving for the mutual benefit of the church family. A church provides a context where the needs of each and every member are met.
So here are the six reasons why you a church family:
- Identity: A church family gives us a sense of identity. Just as we need a natural family for our identity, we also need a local church for our Christian identity. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). Your Christian claims will be greatly attested by your commitment to your brothers and sisters in a local church context
- Fellowship: A church is a place where you can make great spiritual friends. We share the same values and have same life goals: – of living for God and pleasing Him in everything. Someone described fellowship as “experiencing life together.” It’s more than church meetings or casual conversations. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:15-16). In an authentic fellowship we share our lives, our joys, our struggles, our sins, everything.
- Accountability: A local church family gives you a place where you can be accountable for your Christian faith and life. My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins (James 5:19). Local church leaders have been put there by God to take care of you spiritually. Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you (Hebrews 13:17).
- Growth: A church family gives you an environment to use and develop your spiritual gifts and talents. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work (Ephesians 4:14-16).
- Mutual Encouragement: Life can be difficult. We need a family that we can rely on; people who will rejoice with us when we are rejoicing, and those who will grieve with us when we are grieving. We need people with whom we can share the challenges of life we are experiencing or the temptations we are facing. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
- Shared Needs: A church family is where our needs are met and where we meet the needs of others. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need (Acts 2:44-45).