Devotion/Scripture of the week

 

A Church Family Identifies You As a Believer

The Bible says a Christian without a church home is like an organ without a body, a sheep without a flock, or a child without a family. It is an unnatural state. Ephesians 2:19 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,” (NASB).

Today’s culture of independent individualism has created many spiritual orphans — who only participate in church occasionally, without any identity, accountability, or commitment. Many believe it is possible to be a “good Christian” without joining (or even attending) a local church, but God would strongly disagree.

The church is so significant that Jesus died on the cross for it: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25 (NASB).

Except for a few important exceptions referring to all believers throughout history, almost every time the word “church” is used in the Bible it refers to a local, visible congregation. The New Testament assumes membership in a local congregation.

A church family is one way that identifies you as a genuine believer. If I am a follower of Christ, then I should commit to a group of disciples. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (NASB).

When we come together in love as a church family from different backgrounds, races, and social statuses, it is also a witness to the world (Galatians 3:28).