It is no secret that church attendance and participation in the US is declining, even among those who declare they are serious about their faith. In this week’s message, we looked at several reasons people choose to be less committed to being vitally connected to a local church. Look at the list and add any you think should be there:
Loss of independence; Don’t want to be locked into commitment
Communication required to get to really know others
Personal weaknesses and secrets might be exposed
Don’t like it when challenged to change
We also looked at the benefits that come from being vitally connected to a specific local church. Check out the list and add others you think of:
More resources available to help me grow and mature in my faith
With others seeing my life, I have “blind-spot” protection
Healthy expectations challenge me to change and grow
Mutual support and motivation – not only do I get help, but I get to help others!
Jesus gave us a clear mandate regarding how His church should live and work together:
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
It is clear that our obedience to Jesus’ command has a positive impact on us, but also on a watching world.
As you consider your current relationship with your church, how do you think God feels about it? Is He proud of the way you are investing in others and letting them help you?
What is a tangible step you can take this week to strengthen your alliance with Jesus’ church?